'A lot of tears': Sammy Sosa imagines his Wrigley Field return, end to Cubs exile

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If Sammy Sosa hadn't already made it clear in the documentary "Long Gone Summer" that he missed the Cubs, he did so Monday morning in a radio interview with Chicago's 670 The Score.

Sosa has been cut off from Chicago since leaving for Baltimore near the end of his career, not getting the type of hero's return many stars do post-retirement.

The outfielder, who hit 545 home runs for the Cubs, sounds very willing to help fix the relationship in emotional fashion.

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"If I have a chance to come back and address them, there’s going to be a lot of tears," Sosa said. "Because I haven’t been back in Chicago in such a lot time. I really, really want say so much, things to the fans and my appreciation, the support they had for me. It’s going to be a very good time coming back to Chicago (if it happens). It would be great. I’m looking for any way, but when that moment comes, I’ve got to be prepared for that. And also, the fans, it’s going to be very happy also. Let’s see what happens."

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Sosa was electric throughout his time with the Cubs, but his most memorable stretch came in 1998 when he went toe-to-toe with Mark McGwire for the single-season MLB home run record.

In the team's closest chance to reach the World Series during his time in Chicago, he batted .308 with a pair of home runs in a heartbreaking series loss to the Marlins. One of those long balls was a game-tying two-run shot with two outs in the ninth inning of Game 1.

Given the memories at Wrigley Field, Sosa hopes he can get his due adoration at some point.

"They welcomed back Mark McGwire in St. Louis," Sosa said. "They welcomed back Barry Bonds in San Francisco. I don't know what I got to go through to come back to Chicago.”

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