Sosa believes Cubs should retire his number


Sosa believes Cubs should retire his number

Sammy Sosa took to Ustream, a live-streaming website where users can tune-in to such streams, to do an interview discussing a number of topics, including his Hall of Fame candidacy, the potential of the Cubs retiring his No. 21 and whether he may get into coaching later in his life.
Two weeks ago Sosa received just 12.5 percent of votes from the Baseball Writers Association of America, while his good friend Mark McGwire received 19.8 percent of the votes on his fifth year on the ballot. Sosa disagreed with the writers' decision to not vote him in, saying he believes both he and McGwire deserve to be elected.
"I think so," Sosa said earlier today. "I'm not gonna come here and say anything that is gonnajeopardizemy future, but time will determine everything. Right now whatever it is, it is. I am not anybody else to go up there and say what I have to say. I'm waiting for my time. I'm the type of person that doesn't like the controversy. Definitely time will determine everything."
Sosa's 609 career home runs are certainly the main reasons he believes he deserves Hall of Fame votes, and he said two of his round-trippers still stick out to him years later.
"The one that when I hit No. 62 for the first time, that was one that I feel comfortable with and I think I'm never gonna forget that one," he said. "And 600, which I hit in Texas."
Sosa said he can not narrow down his fondest memory of his playing days in Chicago, but that sprinting out to his right field position to the roars of fans in the bleachers sticks out to him.
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The topic of whether the Cubs will retire Sosa's jersey in the coming years was brought up, and Sosa said it is something he is looking forward to, but admitted should have happened earlier.
"I think that it's something that I'm looking for, something that I want to happen," Sosa said. "Kind of surprised it didn't happen before, but time determines everything and when that happens I'll be more comfortable and happy with my whole family. And this is a good number I carried for 14 years in Chicago, so that number should have been retired a long time ago."
While his number may be retired, don't expect to see Sosa in a Cubs uniform anytime soon. The slugger shot down any rumors about himself one day coaching -- in Chicago or the major leagues -- saying he is happy with where he is.
"Maybe in the future we'll have the opportunity with Chicago, down the road it might change my mind but I'm comfortable here."

Billy Corgan: not your typical 'Cubs celebrity' at World Series

Billy Corgan: not your typical 'Cubs celebrity' at World Series

Late October and Smashing Pumpkins go hand in hand. Double meaning, of course.

They now intertwine at Wrigley Field, albeit for somewhat different reasons.

Chicagoland native Billy Corgan, of alternative rock band Smashing Pumpkins fame, was on site at Wrigley Field Friday night in advance of Game 3 of the World Series. He acknowledged that he is a "Cubs celebrity," but don't put him alongside others who may fit the description.

"I don't talk to other Cubs celebrities. In fact, I am 'anti' Cubs celebrity," Corgan said. "Other Cubs celebrities tend to show up when the playoffs come around. I don't necessarily see them in June. I might be a little biased being a Chicagoan year-round."

And Corgan has seen his share of Cubs games over the years. His favorite players included Bob Dernier and Andre Dawson, key cogs in the 1984 and 1989 N.L. East championship seasons, respectively. He lamented the lean years of the late-70s and early-80s and how this year's team was worth the wait.

"You have a different appreciation of this moment because it's taken a long time to get here. I find myself thinking about my grandmothers --who were fans-- and all the people who didn't get a chance to see this team."

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Corgan applauded how this current Cubs team was built and looks forward to several other potential playoff runs down the line.

Corgan is a familiar face around Wrigley Field in the postseason. He sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during Game 7 of the NLCS.

Fittingly, the Pumpkins' 1996 hit "Tonight, Tonight" blared through the Wrigley speakers Friday at 6:33 p.m. CT.

On Demand: Cubs-Indians World Series a huge draw for fans, media and celebrities alike

On Demand: Cubs-Indians World Series a huge draw for fans, media and celebrities alike

There are thousands of ways fans can consume video, pictures and text about the 2016 World Series.


According to MLB Communications, over 2,100 media have been credentialed to report on the sights, sounds and emotions of this year's Fall Classic between the Cubs and Indians.

"We have people here from about 15 different countries," MLB Vice President of Communications John Blundell said. "We have a lot of media from Latin America and Asia. We have some from the U.K. and some from as far as Australia to cover this series."

Over 42,000 fans per game this weekend at Wrigley Field will comprise a bulk of those sights, sounds and other intangibles. And that number will include scores of celebrities, from Friday's Seventh Inning Stretch singer Bill Murray to the likes of Eddie Vedder, Billy Corgan and various television personalities.

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Blundell's office has helped facilitate several requests from celebrities as well, including a bizarre one from talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. The late night celebrity surprised Cubs fan Ryan Slagle with tickets after a video surfaced of Slagle shedding tears of joy in the waning moments of Game Six of the NLCS.

"His show called us and we secured the tickets so he could take care of that fan, which was a very nice gesture. A lot of {fans and celebrities} want to be here to be a part of history. It's exciting to be around everything."

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Although seats at Wrigley Field (or Cleveland's Progressive Field) may be the 'best seats in the house,' fans are seemingly doing just fine watching the games from the comforts of a quiet living room or a noisy bar. World Series ratings are currently the highest they've been nationally since the Yankees-Phillies series in 2009. Those numbers are sure to climb as a clinch nears.