Former Chicago Cubs pitcher Turk Wendell unleashed on Sammy Sosa after baseball followers relived the 1998 house run race between Sosa and Mark McGwire in ESPN’s “Long Gone Summer” documentary.
Wendell, who made an appearance on WFAN, talked about what it was like being Sosa’s teammate from 1993 to 1997.
“One of the worst teammates ever,” Wendell mentioned. “He only cared about himself, hitting home runs. He didn’t care if we lost 20-1, if he hit a home run, he was happy.”
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When Wendell started his MLB profession on the Cubs in 1993, Sosa had already been in the majors for 4 years. Wendell mentioned that he received to know Sosa effectively whereas they had been teammates, and he even shared a narrative about visiting a capturing vary in Arizona when Sosa apparently ignored all security protocols and did no matter he needed to do.
“That was just Sosa being Sosa, I guess,” Wendell mentioned. “One-on-one, off the area, he was an excellent dude. And we went to a capturing vary a pair of instances. However Sammy was type of simply all about Sammy.
“… Sometimes some players get so used to people bowing down to them, giving them everything they want, they just think they can do whatever they want. He took that to the next level,” Wendell added.
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Even after Wendell was traded to the Mets after the 1997 season, Sosa continued to be a adverse affect in the Cubs locker room.
“It got so bad after I had left that he was in the clubhouse playing music and stuff after I guess they lost and I think it was Kerry Wood, just beat the absolute snot out of his stereo system,” Wendell mentioned.
The guts of Sosa’s profession was throughout the steroid period, and he was rumored to make use of performance-enhancing medication though he by no means examined optimistic, so Wendell took photographs at his profession, and the way he dropped off in manufacturing as soon as the league began testing for medication. Nevertheless, Wendell admitted that he by no means noticed Sosa take any efficiency enhancers.
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“It’s sad because he was talented,” Wendell mentioned. “We did see his true athletic capacity after they began testing for steroids, he went from 60 house runs to I believe 12 or 14 with Baltimore after which he was out of the recreation.
“What am I going to do? Am I going to say something like, ‘Oh yeah, we won today because Sammy hit three home runs and he’s in the middle of a cycle,’” Wendell mentioned. “You can’t do that. You can’t throw your teammates out under the bus like that and I probably shouldn’t be talking about it right now. Facts are facts.”