The Paper Gladiator

Originally Published: January 30, 2005
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN The Magazine

CHICAGO -- Nearly 10 months ago to the day, Sammy Sosa walked into an interview room at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park, took a seat behind a small table, flashed his best mini-cam smile and happily told the assembled reporters that, yes, 2004 was going to be the year of the Chicago Cubs.

"I know we have everything it's going to take to win everything," said Sosa, only hours before the Opening Day game against the Reds.

Sosa was in his full Samminess that day -- self-assured, ...

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