Chicago Cubs: Ozzie Guillen rips team’s handling of Sammy Sosa

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Chicago Cubs fans know that Sammy Sosa was a wildly popular player with the team back in the late 1990s and early 2000s for all the history he made while playing for the team. Fans also know that the breakup between the two in 2004 was not pleasant, and the wounds are still wide open today.

On Sunday, the Chicago White Sox finished off a 5-1 season against the Cubs with a 13-1 thumping on the South Side and former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen felt it an appropriate time – as if our fans needed anything else to be upset about – to remind everyone of the rift between the two sides, making it clear which side he is on:

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Guillen, who was a teammate of Sosa during the latter’s time with the White Sox, said that he doesn’t care much for Sosa but still put the blame for the rift on Cubs management.

Despite the fact that he is the franchise’s all-time leader in home runs, Sosa was notably excluded from the team’s recently created Hall of Fame. This comes after Sosa’s use of steroids and his walking out on the team early at the end of the 2004 season.

For a team that alienated many of its fans for its recent selloff of Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Javier Baez and Craig Kimbrel, not to mention its frequent losing of late, this seems to be salt in the wound coming from the former manager from the other side of town.

As the team tries to determine in what direction it will go this offseason, management likely doesn’t want to have to hear about this on top of everything else it’s being criticized over.

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We won’t get into specifics regarding who is right and who is wrong in the Sammy Sosa controversy, as that’s been discussed quite a bit already. What we do know is that Guillen picked a strange time to talk about this and probably should just stick to talking about his team for now.