Sammy Sosa Career Stats
If a couple of lime green aliens descended upon earth today and asked me: “How does sport reflect society amongst earthlings?” and “Can you show me sport symbols of white male privilege and supremacy”?, I might point them to two separate, but not unrelated stories today on Joe Paterno and Sammy Sosa.
Today it was announced that Paterno might get a new statue built two miles of the Penn State campus. In other news, The Chicago Cubs celebrated their 100th Anniversary of Wrigley field, but did not invite Sammy Sosa who only hit 545 home runs for the Chicago Cubs, and is the most important Chicago Cub of the last 30 years.
“Two alumni already have received the OK from the borough to install a projected $300, 000 life-sized bronze sculpture downtown, about two miles from the original site. And they’re hoping the statue, which will feature Paterno sitting on a bench reading Virgil’s “Aeneid, ” will be installed by fall of next year.”
“Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims by the most senior leaders at Penn State. The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized. Messrs, Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley never demonstrated…”
“It is more reasonable to conclude that, in order to avoid the consequences of bad publicity, the most powerful leaders at Penn State University – Messrs. Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley – repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky’s child abuse from the authorities, the Board of Trustees, Penn State community, and the public at large.”
This Paterno statue story should really stand on its own, and to be clear, Sammy Sosa is no comparison — it is a contrast. It is a contrast of just how little it takes for a Black and/or Latino athlete to fall out out of public favor.
From ESPN again:
Former Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa was not invited to participate in the festivities commemorating the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field on Wednesday, and a team official says Sosa has some work to do before being welcomed back by the organization.
“There are some things Sammy needs to look at and consider prior to having an engagement with the team, ” Cubs spokesman Julian Green said. Sources indicate one thing Sosa has to do is make amends with some former teammates for his actions at the end of his Cubs career.
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