"I probably hit it too high. The wind stopped it," Sosa said to the Associated Press. "I wish I could get it over with today. Sooner or later, I'm going to hit it."
The Cubs (1-1) got on the board in the top half of the first against Mets' starter Al Leiter after Moises Alou singled to shallow right and knocked in shortstop Alex Gonzalez. That, though, was a lead Dusty Baker's club would not have for long.
Cliff Floyd, who signed a four-year deal with the Mets (1-1) this off-season, hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning to put his new team up 2-1 and they never looked back. Roberto Alomar, who went 2-for-4, doubled down the left field line setting up the home run.
Ty Wigginton followed Floyd and dropped a single in front of centerfielder Corey Patterson. Two wild pitches would move the rookie third basemen all the way over to third with just one out and Jeromy Burnitz at the plate.
Burnitz swung and struck out on a pitch from Cubs starter Matt Clement (0-1), but the ball was in the dirt and catcher Damian Miller had to complete the play by throwing down to first basemen Eric Karros. Miller hit Burnitz as he was running down the line and Wigginton scored on the error.
One inning later, in the bottom of the second, Roger Cedeno deposited a pitch from Matt Clement over the right field wall for a solo home run. Clement left after just three innings because he was experiencing tightness in his lower back.
"He jammed it. We think he'll be OK," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said to the Associated Press.
The Mets were without their future Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza, who began serving his four game suspension. Barring any game cancellations, Piazza will return to the lineup on Sunday against the Expos.
Leiter (1-0) pitched six innings allowing one run, four hits, three walks, and striking out three. He left to a pinch hitter after throwing ninety-seven pitches in his first outing of the year.
Writer Christopher Guy covers the Mets for NYMFansOnly.com