Jorge Sosa (RP – WAS) arrived in Jupiter, Florida on Sunday ready to showcase his stuff to his new teammates and the Nationals’ coaching staff.
He was suprised to find that the lights were turned off at the training complex and all the clubhouse doors were locked.
Sosa had been stranded in the Dominican Republic for four months becuase of visa problems, but didn’t expect that his team would just abandon him. ” I signed with the Nationals because they were supposed to be a good bunch of guys. I had my choice of teams”, Sosa complained, “If they really think they are better off without me I am suprised. Friends just don’t leave friends behind”.
It appears that in exchage for some of his bonus, a certain ex-Nationals executive had convinced Sosa that the team would wait for him “no matter what”.
With regret Sosa commented, “If I knew that it would come to this I would have finalized my visa months ago. I admit I was stalling a bit. There is nothing like the winter tourist season in the D-R.”
Since Jesus Colome cannot play until May 15, The Nationals are expected to ask him to go back to Florida to get Sosa organized.
Gary Sheffield, who signed a one-year contract with the Mets on Friday, has already announced that “under no circumstance” will he DH.
When asked if he was aware of the National League rules, he insisted, ” I don’t care what the rules say – I am not doing it.”
Sheffield has also advised the Mets that he will not play night games, go on road trips or play against any of the other teams he has played for in the past (MIL, ATL, FL, LAD, SD).
Finally, Sheffield has advised the media he will not talk about Barry Bonds, Jim Leyland, Paul DePodesta, Salary Dumping, Matt Mieske, the Triple Crown, Ernest Riles, or Tom Trebelhorn.
Sheffield also wanted to be clear that everything does not revolve around him.