It was obvious Sammy Sosa wasn't going to stay hidden for long.
After receiving just 12.5 percent of the votes from the Baseball Writers' Association of America earlier this month, the former Cubs slugger was turned away from the Hall of Fame his first year on the ballot.
Wednesday, he was interviewed on Ustream and aired his thoughts -- which were not surprising -- for the world to hear.
It's never been a question of whether Sosa thinks he should be in the baseball Hall of Fame. He's been saying it for years.
But hardly anybody agrees with him, despite some eye-popping numbers that include 609 career home runs. He's not alone, though. Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Mark McGwire were all denied baseball's greatest honor, as the cloud of performance-enhancing drugs hangs over that particular group of players.
"I think it's pretty obvious the playing field was not level," former Cubs catcher Jody Davis said at the Cubs Convention last weekend. "They can say they didn't [use PEDs], but you can look at the numbers and there's just no way those guys got that much better in just one year.
"I don't believe they should be in. It's hard when, knowingly, those guys were doing something that had never been done before."
Davis spent much of the weekend at the Fergie Jenkins Foundation table at the Convention, sitting alongside a trio of Hall of Famers in Rollie Fingers, Gaylord Perry and Jenkins, who felt the same way.
"I'm against [them getting in]," said Fingers, who was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1992. "I see records that are being set by guys that have been straight, that have done it on their own. Sportswriters want to keep the sanctity in the Hall of Fame. They don't want guys using steroids to break records. I believe that, too.
"If they're innocent, I'm all for it. If they've used, and sportswriters have proof of them being used, I don't see them getting in. That's just the way it is."
Jenkins, Fingers don't see a place for Sosa in Hall of Fame
CSN Chicago | Jan 24