Should Cubs welcome Sammy Sosa back to Wrigley Field?

Should Cubs welcome Sammy Sosa back to Wrigley Field?
April 30, 2014, 7:30 pm
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The Cubs made a bit of perhaps unwanted news when it was discovered Sammy Sosa wasn't invited to take part in festivities surrounding the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field.

Now, another Cubs legend, Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, has said he wants to help bridge the apparent gap between the Cubs and Sosa with intentions of getting Sosa back to Wrigley Field as a celebrated part of Cubs history.

The SportsTalk Live panel discussed the topic Wednesday, wondering if perhaps Sosa should have been included in the Cubs' celebration.

"It would have been a lot better if Sammy was there," MLB.com's Phil Rogers said. "And when you see Barry Bonds and the Giants, you see Mark McGwire was coaching for the Cardinals, Sammy didn't do anything worse than (those guys did). He left on worse terms because he wasn't liked by some of his teammates. But time's passed, he's a big part of that history and you can't just write him out of that history."

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"The longer you wait, the worse it's going to be when he does come back," the Sun-Times' Mark Lazerus said. "He's going to come back eventually, and when he does come back it's going to be an absolute circus. Do it this year when there's nothing else happening."

Lazerus went on to suggest the Cubs could use the same strategy the Blackhawks used to bring back legends who weren't involved with the franchise for long periods of time.

"You look at what the Blackhawks do with Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita, the 'ambassador' thing," he said. "You can always heal over old wounds eventually, and you can always welcome a guy back into the fold."

Check out the video above for the complete discussion.