Problem is, he gave them little to respond to. He had two hits in 15 at-bats, including a five-strikeout honker against the Houston Astros. He had yet to hit a home run. So here's a man who so desperately wants to be liked that he'll risk his career to give away a few souvenirs during batting practice. Is it such a stretch that the man would look down at his magic bat and think, you know, why don't I give them a few more during the game?
[Update, 5:40 p.m.: Minutes after this item was posted, Major League Baseball announced that the 76 bats it seized from Sosa last night turned out to be cork-free. What we still don't know, however, is whether Sosa purposefully used a corked bat in the game last night. Consider the evidence above and post your opinion in "The Fray."]
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