"I never heard of [bat corking] happening in Japan. If it did happen and someone was caught, there would be much shame."
—Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners outfielder
"The way [the media] is portraying him because he's a Latin, black athlete is completely wrong. I guarantee you if this were Mark McGwire or Cal Ripken Jr., a so-called 'protected athlete,' an 'All-American' name, this would have never happen."
—Jose Canseco on ESPN
"I was one of his fans but not anymore because it's too big of a fraud, not just for him but for us Dominicans."
—Rolfi Lajana Santana, 16, a high school student and pitcher in Sosa's hometown, San Pedro de Marcoris, D.R. (in the Chicago Tribune)
"You'll never see Sammy Sosa doing this in public."
—Ducks forward Dan Bylsma, while honing his sticks before Game 5 of the NHL finals
"Nothing has changed for me.... I am not a fair-weather fan of Sammy Sosa."
—Representative Luis Gutierrez (D., Ill.), after the House reexamined its June 5 372-0 resolution to honor Sosa for his 500th home run; the resolution was upheld, and Gutierrez presented Sosa with a copy of it last Friday
"There has been a surprising amount of shock and horror and righteous indignation over the fact that Sammy Sosa cheated."
—The Globe and Mail, Toronto
"He goes to chapel with us every Sunday.... If God forgives you, you really shouldn't worry about what other people think."
—Cubs manager Dusty Baker