Last night was a big night for everyone’s favorite radio/television personality, Dave Kaplan. He scored an exclusive interview with Cub-great-in-exile Sammy Sosa. What did he learn from good old Sammy? That Sammy would like to return to the North Side and let bygones be bygones.
“I hope one day, we can come to the conclusion we can be friends again and they definitely can bring me back to Wrigley Field,” Sosa told WGN Radio in an interview Tuesday night.
And if you’re still bitter about him leaving early on the last day of 2004, HE HAD PERMISSION!
“I don’t feel guilty,” Sosa said. “I go early that day, and they said, ‘Yes, go ahead,’ but they were looking for someone to blame. Right now, I’m paying the price. It’s something we can resolve that just to have a conversation. That was the only thing was leaving the park. They think I made that decision on my own. I’ve always been disciplined when it comes to the game and respect people.”
I’m inclined to believe Sammy a bit here, as a scapegoat was definitely needed at the time. My one question is, does Sammy bring a boom box with him?
While we wait on a Sammy/Cubs reunion, we won’t have to wait as long on a decision from Joe Girardi about whether he’ll be staying with the Yankees. There are rumors swirling that Joe will let the Yankees know today whether or not he’s returning. Hal Steinbrenner wants a decision sooner than later.
“We both understand we deserve to get this done quickly,” Steinbrenner told ESPN radio, praising the job Girardi did during an injury-ravaged 2013 season but adding: “I don’t think anybody is a must-sign, and I would say that about any employee at any level. We made him what we consider a very, very fair offer. He’s got things to consider and a family to talk to, and I know he’s doing that right now.”
Some sources believe a decision could come by Wednesday. But others thought Girardi would have made it by Tuesday morning. The Cubs have not been given permission by the Yankees to contact Girardi formally and had not heard Tuesday of any update on his status with the Yankees.
So we’ll continue waiting. As for the Cubs, they signed their first free agent of the offseason, Ryan Sweeney.
The Cubs have signed outfielder Ryan Sweeney to a two-year, $3.5 million contract.
Sweeney will get $1.5 million in 2014 and again in ’15, and the Cubs hold a $2.5 million option for ’16 that includes a $500,000 buyout.
That leaves Dioner Navarro, Scott Baker, Matt Guerrier and Kevin Gregg as the Cubs’ remaining free agents. And speaking of the future, Jorge Soler and Kris Bryant showed up in Mesa ready to hit in the Arizona Fall League.
Cubs prospects Jorge Soler and Kris Bryant both had good days Tuesday in the Arizona Fall League opener. Soler hit a tie-breaking RBI double with two outs in the eighth and Bryant had three hits and two RBIs for the Mesa Solar Sox. Soler was 0-for-4 before delivering a RBI double down the left field line. Bryant had a RBI single in the second and a RBI double in the seventh.
Bryant ended with three hits in six at-bats.