Though the gatekeepers to the Baseball Hall of Fame seem to have turned a corner when it comes to considering the Steroid Era, one of the period’s most prominent stars hasn’t seen much benefit.
Sosa gave an interview last week to former Chicago Cubs media relations staffer Chuck Wasserstrom, who now has his own blog. Among the topics raised in a wide-ranging conversation was Sosa’s famed 1998 duel with Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire for home run supremacy. Asked about his memories of that summer, Sosa’s answer veered unprompted into the subsequent PED discussion that has cast a Cheap Jerseys In Bulk retroactive pall over both men and the state of the game in the late 1990s.
“I hit one in the head and one in the chest,” Hernandez allegedly told Bradley. “He was panicked. He was in a state of shock. It wasn’t a bragging tone.’’
Testifying against Hernandez under the promise of immunity, Bradley said Hernandez “felt people thought he was soft” and wanted to show otherwise by shooting de Abreu and Furtado. Inside the nightclub, Bradley said Hernandez orginally “got mad” when de Abreu, a stranger at the time, stumbled into Hernandez, spilling his drink.
de Abreu stood next to Hernandez “smirking,” according to Bradley, further escalating the situation.
“He was upset about it,” Bradley testified. “The individual with the braids (de Abreu), he smirked. He was kind of laughing. He knew what happened, and he smirked about it.’’
“I hate when people try me,” Bradley recalled Hernandez later saying as they exited the nightclub.