Sammy Sosa was once one of the biggest names in baseball, but like many great players during his era, Sosa's image was forever tarnished after being accused of using performance enhancing drugs. Now that Sosa's name has re-emerged as a potential Baseball Hall of Fame candidate, though, Sosa is ready to begin reshaping his image -- and it all begins with Pinterest.
Sammy Sosa launched an official Pinterest page earlier this afternoon dubbed "Sammy Sosa. Sammy Sosa Official Pinterest." Although the name of his page isn't exactly the catchiest, the pins are absolutely astounding. Sosa sticks to what he knows -- himself -- and has posted a little over one dozen photos of himself standing and sitting around his office in Miami.
When the page first launched, many longstanding Sammy Sosa fans in Chicago and elsewhere couldn't believe what was going on. Could someone that was once on top of the world be naïve enough to create such a strange page?
The answer is "yes."
"Rebecca Polihronis, marketing manager for Injex 21, a company that makes needle-free technology for drugs that are injected, confirmed Thursday that the former Cubs star has joined the image-sharing site Pinterest. Sosa is the CEO of Injex 21," reports the Chicago Redeye.
"We're learning social media, we're not pros at it yet, but we're working on it," she said, according to the Chicago Reader, who also reports that Sammy Sosa's Twitter account is @TheRealMr609. For those that are unaware, Sosa hit a whopping 609 home runs, though the incredible feat has been tarnished by accusations of steroid use.
This isn't the first time that Sammy Sosa has uploaded several photos of himself on a social media site. Sosa previously began a Flickr page that hosts photos of him apparently holding business meetings. Many of the headshots that made the Pinterest page are also included on the Sammy Sosa Flickr page.
Sosa made headlines earlier this week when he was announced as a candidate to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame. Sosa was not elected to enter the Hall of Fame, and neither were any of the other candidates that were eligible and linked to steroid use including Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and others. Despite not being linked to steroid use, baseball heroes Mike Piazza, Craig Biggio and others were not inducted either. This is the first time since 1996 that no one was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.