Well, Sammy Sosa hit a milestone home run last night, and Fernando Vina and John Kruk spent a few moments (ESPN spent far more time over the course of "Baseball Tonight" and "Sportscenter") touting the achievement. They discussed Sosa’s Hall of Fame worthiness (of course he is, sayeth the experts), whether he’s a first balloter (not sure, sayeth the experts). But one thing they didn’t discuss was steroids (the AP mentions it near the end of an ESPN-linked game summary). Neither of the former players uttered one word about the suspicions surrounding Sosa, his "testimony" to Congress, or his physical changes that, in replays of his 1st, 100th through 600th dingers, were ridiculously obvious. It’s like a time warp has happened back to ’98-’99, and all the ignominious, bulging history of those days has just been left for dead.
It’s ironic, then, that on the day Sosa hits #600, fireworks went off over Arlington, Tom Hicks (who employs Sosa and paid for the fireworks) felt the need to carpetbomb accusations of someone else’s suspected transgressions, while Jason Giambi checked his calendar for openings. All this as fans are encouraged to celebrate Sosa, as former players inflatedly gush over his "comeback".