A playoff game at Wrigley Field is always a special occasion, and the Chicago Cubs organization has rolled out the red carpet for former Cubs players to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the first two. First, it was Ryne Sandberg in Game 3 of the NLDS, followed by Kerry Wood for the Game 4 clincher against the St. Louis Cardinals. While it’s not been announced yet who the special guests will be for the NLCS against New York, people have been speculating who would do the honors if the Cubs can make it past the Mets and earn their first trip to the World Series since 1945.
Actor Christopher Lloyd of Back to the Future fame says he’d love to do it, but that seems highly unlikely. Earlier this week, Cubs hitting coach Manny Ramirez mentioned another unlikely candidate in former Cub Sammy Sosa, who’s been feuding with the team since he left the club after the 2004 season. However, it appears that an end to this silly argument could be coming. In a statement from Sosa’s spokesperson to Chicago Tribune writer Paul Sullivan, the former NL MVP had this to say:
“I WANT TO THANK MANNY FOR THINKING OF ME AND I WOULD BE HONORED IN THROWING OUT THE FIRST PITCH AT WRIGLEY FOR A CUBS WORLD SERIES.” I WANT TO SEND MY BEST WISHES TO MANAGER JOE MADDEN, THE COACHES AND ALL THE PLAYERS ON THEIR WIN (TUESDAY) NIGHT! I AM VERY EXCITED FOR THE CURRENT TEAM MEMBERS TO EXPERIENCE THIS JOURNEY!
“I REMEMBER HOW EXCITING IT WAS FOR THE 2003 TEAM. NOW IT’S YOUR TURN AND YOU ARE MAKING US ALL PROUD. THIS IS YOUR TIME. ENJOY IT AND TAKE US ALL THE WAY TO THE WORLD SERIES. GO CUBS.”
Okay, he spelled Joe Maddon’s name wrong, but this is the first time in a long time that we’ve really heard anything from Sammy Sosa, let alone something that may bring him back to the place where he became a star. This may not play out, but even the fact that the lines of communication have been opened is a good sign.