Sammy Sosa hit his 600th home run recently, and congratulations to him. 600 home runs is a very rare feat and one to be recognized. Now with this milestone comes the inevitable question, "Is Sammy Sosa a Hall of Famer?" The general consensus is yes, Sosa is one of the greatest sluggers of his era and deserves to be in the HoF. I happen to agree. My question is, though, why is Sosa so welcomed into the HoF when Barry Bonds is so reviled?
Bonds and Sosa have played during many of the same years. They are probably the two greatest sluggers of their time and two of the top ten sluggers of any time. However, public opinion tells Sosa, Congratulations! Meanwhile. Bonds gets the big "****!" from the public. That doesn't seem fair. Sosa is, or was, under the same steriod cloud that Bonds is. And remember, he even got caught cheating. Remember, the corked bat incident? Yet Sosa is loved and Bonds is hated.
This probably occurs because Sosa acts like a big kid, while Bonds ostracizes himself from his teammates and the media. Sosa loves everyone, so we all love him back. But Bonds shuns the spotlight, and we, in tuen, shun him. So congratulations, Sammy Sosa, truly, 600 is a remarkable achievement. But before you put him in the Hall of Fame, think of his contemporary, and how he deserves better