Former closer Joe Borowski isn't buying the contention that Sammy Sosa has to make amends with his former Chicago Cubs teammates before the organization will welcome its all-time home run hitter back into the fold.
"I think they're skirting around the issue," Borowski said Thursday on "The Carmen & Jurko Show" on ESPN Chicago 1000. "You've got to remember what he did for that organization when they were awful. He was filling seats because of what he was doing on the field. As an observer and also as a teammate, the Cubs created the monster. They allowed him to do whatever he wanted to. They never said a word about it. But when the production started to decline, that's when they started saying, 'You can't do this. You can't do that.'
"I find it hard to believe that you're going to say that he needs to repair [his relationships] with teammates. For the most part, Sammy went about his business; he had his routine. Me personally, I never had a problem with him. He was cordial with me. We were teammates, and everything was fine. I think just blaming the fact that people say he has rifts with teammates, those teammates aren't even there anymore. I don't even recognize who the Cubs are anymore, so for them to be trying to say that it's about how he is with his teammates, I kind of think they're skirting the issue a little bit."
Cubs spokesman Julian Green said Sosa had some work to do before being welcomed back by the organization, which celebrated Wrigley Field's 100th anniversary Wednesday without Sosa, who was not invited.
"There are some things Sammy needs to look at and consider prior to having an engagement with the team," Green said.
Sources told ESPNChicago.com's Jesse Rogers that one thing Sosa has to do is make amends with some former teammates for his actions at the end of his Cubs career, which included sitting out the final game of the 2004 season and leaving the stadium before the game was over.
Sosa told ESPNDeportes.com on Thursday that he is willing to reconcile with his former team.