I was so angry.
That asshole walked out on the team!
It's widely believed that the player who destroyed Sammy's boombox was Kerry Wood.
And the ending to this season just pushed the way we all had begun thinking about him to the edge.
He'd become a diva.
Bigger than the team, and everyone was in on that from management to you and I.
Hey Sammy? You're late for Spring Training again? That's okay bud, just keep hitting homers.
But at the end, all that prima donna stuff had worn out it's welcome.
Plus, he just wasn't Sammy any more - the performance fell off.
After walking out in '04?
Good riddance, man.
And then the whole steroid thing.
Here are random pages from my sketchbooks in '03 and '04.
Well, I've decided to give up the anger.
He didn't gamble. He didn't throw games.
It's been long enough, and lately I've been thinking about the joy he brought and honestly, now I think that outweighs his ending in Chicago.
Plus, I don't want to be a bitter old codger.
On June 14th, I'm going to watch this ESPN "30 for 30" episode on the '98 season, "The Long Gone Summer".
It's about the big Sosa/McGwire home run tango.
Surely there'll be more than just that because the whole deal didn't end well, but oh well.