Alfonso Soriano ‘upset’ cheating persists
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org August 5, 2013 10:58PM
Chicago White Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo misses a single hit by New York Yankees' Robinson Cano during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Monday, Aug. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty) ORG XMIT: CXS215
Updated: August 26, 2013 7:58PM
Alfonso Soriano was used to the New York Yankees’ frenzied world, but the bizarre atmosphere Monday on the ex-Cub’s first trip back to Chicago was unprecedented.
Soriano shared thoughts about his time with the Cubs and his affection for the team, but he kept coming back to the player two stalls away in the visitors’ clubhouse at U.S. Cellular Field.
Soriano wouldn’t talk directly about Alex Rodriguez, for whom he was traded from the Yankees to the Texans Rangers in 2004. But he did talk about feeling ‘‘upset’’ with the continuing problem of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball.
‘‘I’m very upset and not happy with the people who try to do something wrong in baseball,’’ said Soriano, who was traded from the Cubs on July 26. ‘‘I only know about myself, so I don’t like to talk too much about [others].’’
In his first week with the Yankees, Soriano said he didn’t notice players being ‘‘distracted’’ by the Rodriguez story.
‘‘I see everybody concentrating on the job, and I’m concentrating on my team,’’ he said. ‘‘I think everyone feels the same way.’’
Soriano said he wasn’t surprised by the names of the suspended players as much as the fact that players keep trying to cheat the system.
‘‘They know that if Major League Baseball puts in that rule, they can’t keep trying,’’ he said. ‘‘If you try to do something wrong, sooner or later they’ll get you. That’s my point.
‘‘We like to compete, but compete clean. A lot of guys have [so] much talent, and they don’t know it. I think they don’t have to do something wrong because God gives you the talent, so don’t try to be a super hero. Just play with the talent God gave you and see what happens.’’
The man who signed the biggest contract in Cubs history said he hopes he will be remembered in Chicago for how he worked, often through painful injuries, to try to ‘‘bring a championship to the city. I tried to be better and get the team to the World Series.’’
He embraced the idea of returning to the organization after his playing days, if he’s asked.
‘‘Why not?’’ he said. ‘‘If it’s perfect timing for me and not taking time away from my family and I can work with young kids, it’s OK with me. Especially those young kids. If I can help them, I would because what is happening now with these [suspended] players, I don’t want to happen to young kids.’’