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Sammy Sosa’s New Lighter Look

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Sammy Sosa — one of the most controversial players in modern big league baseball — has shocked the crowds again! Sosa who was born in the Dominican Republic town of Consuelo, near San Pedro de Macoris, was blessed for all the years that he played Major League Baseball, with a rich, healthy and nice dark complexion.

But that has changed. Attending the Latino Grammy Awards last week in sunny Las Vegas, Sammy and his wife were photographed by members of the media. The photographs soon appeared on Spanish and English-language web sites, and it was hard not to notice the much, much 'lighter' look sported by the retired ball player. Speculation ran rampant!

Questioned about his new-found paleness, Slugger Sosa was quick to reply that "No, he had no intent to follow in the steps of Michael Jackson." Nor was Sosa suffering from a pathological skin condition. Rather, the notorious right fielder conceded using a bleach — a facial cosmetic cream. "It's a bleaching cream that I apply before going to bed and whitens my skin some," he said to viewers of "Primer Impacto", at the Univision Spanish Network. Sosa continued: "It's a cream that I have, that I use to soften (my skin), but has bleached me some. I'm not a racist, I live my life happily,"

This is not the first time that the players antics have made headlines. While playing for the Chicago Cubs, Sosa affected an accent, a style of speech reminiscent of the olden days of Al Capone, a style that perhaps endeared him to the fans in Chicago. Then Sammy, In the opening inning of a ballgame against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays swung a potential home run swing of a bat; that bat broke, and all could see exposed a bat filled with cork. Following that revelation, 76 more of Sosa's bats were tested; all were clean. He claimed that he had "accidentally" used the bat, which had been prepared only for batting practice. He received a seven-game suspension.

Sosa was never one to cater to the media; during June of 2009, The New York Times reported that the retired right fielder had tested and failed for steroid use in 2003. Let us not however pass judgment; Sammy Sosa was the fifth man in baseball history to hit 600 home runs during a regular season. This record was only equaled by Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and Barry Bonds. On May 28, 2008, Sosa announced that he was retiring from professional Baseball.

On Tuesday Sosa had a few more words for the fans on the subject of his change in skin color. He remarked that those many days in Chicago's Wrigley Field had damaged his skin. He again admitted using an unnamed European skin cream to "repair the damage … I have this cream that I put on at night before I go to bed … it lightens the skin on my face a bit. But this has caused such a controversy, that even I am surprised." Sosa claims also that the "lightening effect" is merely a "side effect… not the aim of the treatment."

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John Lake had a long and successful career in legitimate and musical theater. He moved up into work behind the camera at top motion pictures. He has done a smattering of radio, and television John joined the Blogcritics field of writers owing to a passion for the liberal press, himself speaking out about the political front, and liberal issues. Now the retired Mr. Lake has entered the field of motion picture, television, and video game (now a daily gamer!) critique. His writing is always innovative and immensely readable!