At the end of January, Gene Wojciechowski, a writer for ESPN, wrote a story that was posted on ESPN.com titled Poison Ivy.
While the on-line version of the article was more of a fluff piece, ESPN basically re-ran the piece in its February 28 issue... with some changes. The actual article printed in the magazine was much different. The magazine piece came out about a month later, after Wojciechowski learned who busted up Sammy Sosa's boom box.
|Excerpt from: Kiss him Goodbye: Year after Year, Chicago showed Sammy Sosa the Love, Then it showed him the door.
by: Gene Wojciechowski, ESPN the Magazine, Feb 28, 2005, p. 61 - 65
[After the last game of the 2003 season.]
So now they said their awkward goodbyes. There were handshakes, a few heartfelt hugs, the usual promises of off-season phone calls. Soon the clubhouse was all but deserted.
Except for several players with a grudge.
"Guys stayed late, had a few beers," says a Cubs official. "And there were bats around."
Much later, after Dusty Baker and even the clubhouse staff had left Wrigley for the day, one of the lingering Cubs, a veteran position player known for his intensity and unselfishness, grabbed a bat and made his way toward the double locker.
And there it was, the Gladiator's boom box. Many of the players hated that boom box, mostly because they resented how Sosa used it to mark his territory...
So what happened next was no suprise. The teammate stood over the black boom box with a bat and smashed the thing as if it were a hanging curve. In one anger-and-beer-fueled gesture, the coup d'etat was complete. This would never be Sosa's house again.
This week, Wojciechowski was quoted in the Chicago Tribune ("Happy ending eludes author, Cubs Fans" Teddy Greenstein, March 15, 2005.) saying, "I'm sworn to secrecy," [Wojciechowski] said. "If I said who did it, the person who told me would be in some discomfort. All I can say is, it's probably not who everyone thinks it would be. I said it was a veteran position player, so we know it's not Kerry Wood. And it's not Todd Walker."
So lets have ourselves a regular boombox bashing investigation.
|Players believed to have been in the Cubs clubhouse after the game Oct 3, 2004||
Veteran Position Players
Non-Veteran Position Players
a veteran position player known for his intensity and unselfishness
Well, the veteran position player part of that description eliminates the 23 players in the second and third columns. The Tribune quote eliminates Todd Walker, leaving us with eleven suspects.
Now, as a betting man, I would go ahead and eliminate Ben Grieve, Neifi Perez, and Mike DiFelice. These guys had a combined three months of experience with the Cubs. So I'm guessing none of those players had built up enough animosity towards the boom box to go postal on Sammy's song machine... even with a few beers in 'em.
known for his intensity and unselfishness: Of the remaining eight, I'm trying to think of guys who might be intense... lets see here.
Well, if you say so. I guess Mo might be considered an intense player. Is he unselfish? Well, considering how the Cubs players, to a man, will tell you how great of a clubhouse guy Alou was, I'll bet he's probably unselfish.
My top three suspects?
But beyond a reasonable doubt? That is a tough call.
The one thing I know sure, it surely is AwhoDunnit.
Awhodunnit with video tape surveilance evidence!