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Ryne Sandberg: A Cub No More?

Well, the saga goes on…perhaps. Ryne Sandberg an iconic player and then Iowa Farm system manager, gone?  Say it isn’t so, but at this time it appears that  on Wednesday, the Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry made an announcement that Ryne Sandberg has declined to manage the Cubs very successful Cubs Iowa Triple A Team!

Sandberg just recently missed out the chance to manage Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs team after Mike Quade was chosen over him to manage the Cubs. The final decision was reached by General Manager Jim Hendry and then “backed” by team owner Ricketts.

It is a shame. The fairy tale was writing itself. The beloved first baseman had the hearts and very definitely the love of the hometown fans!  Now the Hall of Famer has packed his bags, and is off to other destinations unknown and taking with him perhaps the momentum; the tale of a city in love with its team and the final realization of the world series itself! 

Cinderella left when the midnight bell sounded so maybe it was just time for Sandberg to find his perfect vehicle to the team that will bring this young celebrated player and coach the position of his dreams.

Chicago’s fan base may even go with you where ever it may be that Ryne Sandberg happens to land, and for this writer, Here’s to looking at you kid! Wishing you the greatest season of your life where ever you may land!And further on that note here’s to hoping the Chicago Cubs 2011 season is something to talk about!

Just my thoughts, just my opinions and always in a conversationaltone Mary Caliendo

Steroids For Sosa?!

Just “say it ain’t so”!  Oh no here we go again!  Die-hard Cub fans everywhere are holding their breath!  Those true fans, those fans who bleed their blue every summer, may find only disappointment again! This time it’s not that at this point in the season, the team is only at .500 ball, but it is one of their own getting caught in a possible web. A web of lies spun by the challenge to be better than the next guy. A one-upmanship; none other than steroids! 

For the longest time the duel between the hit makers Sammy Sosa and Mark McGire gave us happiness, we were all high with excitment watching the pair! The on-field show, to the statistics it was great. It was fun and it really “upped the ante” in baseball. Little kids wanted to be Slammin’ Sammy,or Mark cGwire all the way!

Now a report came out stating that Sammy Sosa was one of one hundred or more MLB players that tested positive for an illegal substance in 2003. Is it a surprise? NO!  Was it just the Flinstone Vitamins; Uh NO!  IN Sammy’s words ” I take the little vitamins, the Flinstones vitamins for the kids”. But then in 2002, Sammy stated that he would be the first in line to take a test if it was given. He goes on to say that he works very hard- and that you don’t have to do something bad for yourself to feel strong.

For the believers, we wanted Sammy to be free and clear of the steroids debate, and fans thought just maybe he was, because he was in front of a house panel investigating steroids when his attorney read the statement- to be clear I have never taken any performance enhancing drugs. I never injected myself, or had anyone inject me with anything.  Well that might be true, but are all performance-enhancing drugs just injected?

Sosa just came out recently and asked to be put into the Hall of Fame; perhaps this spurred the release of his name on that confedential report! As we all know the MLB turned a blind-eye on the users of the steroids back in 2003, and perhaps even encouraged their useage; wink wink! So the speculation will rage on, and those other names on that list should be leaked as well-because if you take down one and deny the hall-one for all and all for one; going to the ship includes going down with the ship too! Let’s hope that we don’t hear Mark McGwire is on that coveted list too! He, who is retired and has not of yet made the hall.

The ball players are people, and people get stuck  in places  that they should not be. If Sammy was just following the status quo, well what are we to do? If he was a leader in this area, well he needed to come clean. Too bad for Sammy baseball was berry,berry good for him-he was berry, berry, good for baseball but we don’t want him if he is a cheater. But cheating by today’s standards are different from the ones used in 2003. Too bad Sammy hadn’t quit baseball sooner. He could be and been sitting alongside Big Mac who just plead the fifth in a hearing in 2005 But,Sammy never could shut-up! Just pleading the fifth might have been better! And now to the NY Times, playing a game of whispers or tip offs  is not great reporting! (they broke the story)Now Sammy has much to worry about, ask Mr. Clemmons who lied before Congress.

The fact is, everyone surrounding this has something on the line; money. Shameful but true and for this fan, a true fan of baseball, I’m hoping that the crap floating on the top of the pond is gone now! Can’t we all just play ball!

Speaking of Halls; we could be talking about former Cub player Mel Hall who was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 12 year girl that he coached playing elite basketball! He could be facing life in prison! Wow, now that’s a real loser!

Just my thoughts, just my opinions, and always in a conversationalTone.

Mary Caliendo