Cubs Inside Pitch: Dec. 13

The Cubs are trying to deal Sammy Sosa, but the fact is that it will not be easy.<p> That means there is a good chance the slugging right fielder will be back with the Cubs, and that means there may be some unfinished business to take care of with his teammates.

The Cubs are trying to deal Sammy Sosa, but the fact is that it will not be easy.

That means there is a good chance the slugging right fielder will be back with the Cubs, and that means there may be some unfinished business to take care of with his teammates.

Sosa burned some bridges when he left Wrigley Field during the final game of the 2004 season against Atlanta. He left early and without permission from manager Dusty Baker or general manager Jim Hendry. Both were upset after the game. Sosa subsequently lied about when he left the park and blasted Baker to a reporter.

One unidentified member of the Cubs took a bat to Sosa's boom box in anger of Sosa's early departure.

Cubs second baseman Todd Walker believes that if Sosa is back, there might be some fence-mending needed.

"I think what will happen is that if he does come back, we'll hold a meeting the first day and air everything out," Walker said. "Baseball players have short memories. Once he apologizes and we get that out in the open and everything is clear, then we move on from there and it's not a big deal anymore."

Walker is not demanding an apology, but he thinks Sosa will deliver one.

"To me personally does it matter? No." Walker said. "But the reason I said that will happen is because I think Sammy will do it. He'll step forward and do it. Do I need to hear it? No.

"Half the team probably does and half the team probably doesn't. Ultimately if Sammy steps forward I think it's going to be on his own will and it will be what he thinks should be done. I know Sammy and I know he wants to win worse than anybody. And any distractions ... he's going to take care of them."


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