Kerry Wood got his day at Wrigley Field on Sunday, and he spent part of it lobbying for the Cubs to bring Sammy Sosa back to the organization as something.
Wait, why do the Cubs need to bring back the worst teammate in the world?
OK, Sosa wasn’t Milton Bradley, but Wood ought to know better because he knows Sosa. Heck, he supposedly busted up Sosa’s boombox that was part of Sosa’s being a lousy teammate, one who was a cancer in the clubhouse and who left that clubhouse early in ditching his teammates.
Wood’s right. That one mistake shouldn’t determine his future in Chicago. No, all the mistakes Sosa made in being exposed as a fraud should determine his future in Chicago, and that future should be non-existent.
It was all about Sosa. It was a monster the Cubs created. It ate the clubhouse. And Wood knows it.
And now Wood thinks Sosa has something to offer about being a Cub?
Yeah, don’t be Sosa. That’s what Sosa has to offer. That ought to be the lesson. Don’t use a corked bat. Don’t become a poster child for steroids. Don’t be a lousy teammate.
But you don’t need Sosa around to teach those lessons to young, impressionable Cubs. Look, I just listed off three Sosa lessons without requiring Sosa to be around. In fact, those lessons are excellent reasons for keeping Sosa away.
Put them in that Cubs book that Tom Ricketts and Theo Epstein talked about. In fact, there ought to be a chapter devoted to not being Sosa. Geez, the whole “Cubs Way to Play Baseball’’ is pretty much doing everything the opposite of Sosa.
And the whole Cubs’ way of doing business these days is weening the idiot franchise off the warm-and-fuzzy loser mentality.
There. Done. Lessons taught. You don’t need to bring Sosa back to the team for any reason. In fact, you need to keep him away because Sosa and the enabling Cubs management at the time were exactly what you don’t want to recreate.
No cheating, no selfishness, no homer-or-nothing approaches, no mindless defensive plays. No Sosa.