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What is with 21?

Whats up guys? A quick review of me will show that I am an author at South Side Sox. It will also show that unlike others who say they don't care about the Cubs, I do care about them. I want them to lose. I want them to lose a lot. On the other hand, I did like Sammy Sosa. I liked him on the White Sox and he wasn't even good there. I was cheering for him to beat Mark McGwire in the home run chase.

Thursday night, I was watching the Sox vs. Cubs spring training game, which you guys dominated, and I noticed that Junior Lake was wearing number 21. As a baseball fan, this offended me highly. Why in the world is he wearing Sammy Sosa's number? I know Sosa and the Cubs aren't on the best terms, even though it's been more than 10 fricking years since he has been here, but it is troubling to see someone else wearing his number.

In my lifetime, the only guy to get more eyes on the Cubs than Sosa was Harry Carey. He's been the most important player in the organization since probably Ernie Banks. Yet they are trying to erase him from the record book like the WWE is trying to do to Chris Benoit and celebrating also-rans like Kerry Wood.

I understand that the steroids stink is still around him, so if you don't want to retire his jersey number that is fine, but don't issue it! No Giant has worn 25 since Barry Bonds left. No Cardinal has worn 25 since McGwire left.

When I brought this up to my closest Cub fan friend, he informed me that not only Lake, but also Milton Bradley and John Mabry wore the number. To me, that is disrespectful to the man that put a ton of eyes on the team. What is next? Are the Bulls going to give Jimmer Fredette number 23? Kenny Williams and Frank Thomas nearly killed each other when they parted ways, but Frank has had at least two and probably more "Frank Thomas days" since then. (My friend is also offended that they use Mark Grace's 17).

It is more than time to bury the hatchet. It is also time that Junior Lake wears a different number. What are your guys thoughts? Should someone be wearing Sammy's number?

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of SB Nation or Al Yellon, managing editor (unless it's a FanPost posted by Al). FanPost opinions are valued expressions of opinion by passionate and knowledgeable baseball fans.

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