Ricketts wants to see Sammy Sosa return to the Cubs

Ricketts wants to see Sammy Sosa return to the Cubs
March 5, 2014, 3:15 pm
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Tony Andracki

Sammy Sosa wants to be the prodigal son, making a triumphant return home to Wrigley Field and Cubs fans.

But so far, nothing seems to be changing from the Cubs' end.

Sosa remains estranged from Chicago and the organization after cutting out early on the final day of the 2004 season, leaving only a smashed boom box in his wake.

Is 10 years enough time for the sour taste to go away?

"You would hope that there would be circumstances that you can entertain that discussion," Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said Wednesday on the Kap and Haugh show. "I'm not sure we'll ever get there.

"I do think it's a little weird that we just kinda take some of these guys and pretend they never existed...

"I think any type of discussion along those lines will really have to balance how people feel about that, too. As you guys know, that issue brings up so many emotions with so many different people."

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The Cubs brought fan favorite Ted Lilly back to the organization this week, but Sosa — who hit 545 homers in a Cubs uniform and entertained the crowd on a daily basis at Wrigley Field — has received no such invite, even as Barry Bonds, painted as a villain after the "Steroid Era," was welcomed back to the San Francisco Giants camp this spring.

Ricketts said the team has not yet gone down the path of welcoming Sosa back to the club, but didn't rule out a reconciliation in the future.

"Who knows," Ricketts said. "Maybe at some point down the line, there's something that works. But honestly, it's just such a touchy thing and there'd have to be a lot of discussion before moving forward."