BRIEF: Cubs may be willing to end estrangement with Sosa
Jan 20, 2013 (Chicago Tribune - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
The icy relationship between the Chicago Cubs and Sammy Sosa may be thawing after a nine-year separation.
Sosa wasn't invited to the Cubs Convention again, and has been persona non grata with the Cubs since his final day walkout in 2004.
During an ownership panel on Saturday, Chairman Tom Ricketts was asked by a fan if Sosa would ever be "welcomed back into the Cubs family."
Ricketts replied: "With Sammy, it's awkward. I think over time there'll be a good solution for all this stuff, but obviously I think you saw what happened to the Hall of Fame voting this year. I don't know. It would be nice to put this chapter to rest and just welcome back all the guys who were from that era that people suspected of doing whatever."
Ricketts later told the media they would "revisit" the Sosa decision.
"When we got here, there wasn't much communication and we really haven't focused on it," he said. "But maybe it's an issue we pick up this year and see what we can do about it."
Ricketts declined to say whether the organization snubbing of Sosa has more to do with his famous walkout than widespread suspicions he used performance-enhancing drugs during his career.
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