Next week at the 30th annual Cubs Convention more than 60 current and former Cubs players will be in attendance, but Sammy Sosa will not be one of them.
Like last year, Sosa has not been invited to the event because, according to Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago:
Issues between him and the team going back several years still haven’t been resolved. Sources have indicated in the past that Sosa needed to mend relationships with some former teammates before he can attend. Sosa was denied entry into the Hall of Fame earlier this week despite hitting 609 career home runs, including three seasons with the Cubs where he hit 60 or more.
It’s worth noting that the Cubs’ current management is not the same as the Cubs’ management when Sosa was in Chicago, at least in terms of the front office. Which suggests “some former teammates” are the ones keeping Sosa away. Sosa’s highest-profile Cubs teammates from 1992-2004? Kerry Wood, Mark Grace, Mark Prior, Carlos Zambrano. Hmm.