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Sammy Sosa: "I put Chicago on the map"

by - Senior Editor -

Former Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa has not been part of any celebration after the Cubs won the World Series for the first time since 1908. Sosa hit a ton of homers during his time in Chicago and has some regrets on how he left Windy City back after the 2004 season.

"I never wanted to leave Chicago," Sosa told former Cubs employee Chuck Wasserstrom. "I should have handled that situation differently, yes indeed. "I recognize my mistake. But look, I have my pride, and I know I had a tremendous career in Chicago. When nobody knew who Chicago was, I put Chicago on the map. Like you said, if I could have done it again, I would have done it differently."

Sosa would love to come back to Wrigley Field if the Cubs would invite him back.

"Hey, if they send me an invitation, then I would definitely say 'Yes,'" he said. "This is my house -- no matter what happened [at the end]. My numbers -- nobody is going to take them from me. Not even Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, hit that many home runs. And I did it with style [laughing]. But if they invite me, why not? One day, if they invite me, a lot of people will be very happy about it."

Sosa batted .273 with 609 homers, 1667 RBI, and .344 on-base percentage during his 18-year major league career.

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