Does Sammy Sosa Admit to Steroid Usage in ‘Long Gone Summer’
This new 30 for 30 documentary from ESPN won't be playing on any TV in my home. If you're a Cubs family, like mine, will you be watching?
First, I would like to thank ESPN for giving us some fresh sports content, in a world starving for it. I can't even remember the last time I enjoyed watching a documentary as much as I did watching all 10 parts of, The Last Dance.
Heading into this weekend's premier of Long Gone Summer (Sunday, June 14 8:00 p.m. central), the documentary that tells the story of Sammy Sosa & Mark McGwire's 1998 home run race. That summer, Sosa and McGwire were both trying to break Roger Maris' all-time record for home runs in a single season, which was 61. McGwire ultimately set the record at 70 and Sosa ended up with 66.
Second, my wife Michelle, is the biggest Chicago Cubs fan I know. When I saw the 'First Look' trailer for Long Gone Summer, I asked Michelle if she was wanting to see this documentary and her immediate reply was, "Nope, not interested, not even a little." She said, "Sammy and Mark cheated the game I love... and Sammy made my Cubbies look bad."
Perhaps this NBCSports.com/chicago writer is on to something. In the trailer, Sosa speaks of his mindset 22 years ago. Sammy says,
"I was hungry...to be somebody."
"We shocked the world."
Tim Stebbins, from NBC writes, "Baseball was plagued with steroid usage during this time. Sosa has never admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs, and while a single line from a 90-second trailer isn't all that telling, it will be interesting to see if he makes any new revelations about the home run race and his career overall."
I'm doubtful there will be any big confessions, but you never know. Let me know what happens, we won't be watching this one.
[H/T Tim Stebbins NBC Sports]