Originally Posted by doublem23
Cub fans have an understandably complex relationship with Sammy. On the one hand, his HR chase with Mark McGwire in 1998 is one of the key pieces of their elevation into baseball's royalty. I don't recall the Cubs being such a national novelty even in the '90s, until the Sosa/McGwire saga. They were growing, of course, thanks to the Tribune Marketing Machine, but Sosa really put them over the top.
On the other hand, he was a ****ing cheater.
I can't say I blame some of them for their denial. Imagine how we'd have felt if Big Frank or Robin Ventura was so blatantly on steroids. That said, even the most blue-bleeding Cub fans I know at least now can admit that Sosa was clearly juicing.
Yeah, I had to stop talking about ShamME* to one of my friends because he couldn't get past the fact ShamME* had been a sports hero to him for so long. I never have gone back to find out if he outgrew it or not. Another of my buddies got over it fast and pretty much disowned ShamME* by the time he was gone from the team.