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.