Sammy Sosa’s New Business Venture: Injex

Some things you just can’t make up.

No, this isn’t an April Fool’s story to be published on Deadspin, nor was it a skit on Saturday Night Live. Sammy Sosa has invested in a company called “Injex 21,” and its primary product is needleless drug injection. To top it off, the press release announcing Sosa’s involvement was distributed the day after the Hall of Fame ballot results were made public.

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  1. Dan January 13, 2013 at 7:24 am
    Positive reinforcement of my thinking regarding a ban for all players from that era, possibly unfair to one or two, but they would have had enough stature (a bit like Shoeless Joe) and leverage to expose it for what it was. It’s the only effective way to get everyone to take it seriously, too much of what I hear and read tries to justify honoring cheaters. No asterisks required, just let their absence be a perpetual reminder of why they are not there.
  2. Joe January 13, 2013 at 11:07 am
    A ban would not just be “unfair to one or two” … some husbands, e.g., aren’t jerks. But, that is a sentiment of many and it only underlines to me how flimsy others who make it as if the writers are just a bunch of phonies for making it an issue this year are being. The best answer that there is no real way to tell, but fine, who says life is totally fair? We make hazy lines all the time. And, this isn’t jail. It’s the Hall of Fame ballot.

    Anyway, I wonder if that will be part of Steve Somers monologue. That’s funny.

  3. Dan B January 13, 2013 at 2:10 pm
    I have two thoughts about the issue. One is that being on steroids is bad, not speaking up against steroids was also bad and how many players were guilty of that? How many writers were guilty of that? How many owners and league officials were guilty of that? My second thought was the comparison to spit balls and other form of cheating. The use of steroids by professional players led to an increase of steroid use in the minors, college, and even high school players. Spit balls don’t destroy the bodies of high school athletes but steroid use does. I know one guy who now has a felony record because of a steroid infused rage. Illegal steroid use is on a whole other level.
  4. argonbunnies January 15, 2013 at 9:07 pm
    Sosa went from being a modest and likable guy in the ’90s to an egomaniacal douche in the ’00s. Probably more to do with fame than ‘roids, but ya never know…

    As for steroids more generally, I’m with Dan, the health issue is the difference-maker. Without that, I’d say put ‘em all on ‘roids. Yes, I will actually admit that I think 500-ft HRs and 100-mph fastballs are cool. Players in their 30s still having energy in August? Also cool. But I think amphetamines pose major health risks too.