"I hope he wasn't cheating. I'm the best player on my team, and I kind of model myself after him."
—Ben Jones, 10, of Carol Stream, Ill.
"We felt it was important to remove any doubt about the integrity of the five bats in our collection."
—Baseball Hall of Fame spokesman Jeff Idelson, after the museum X-rayed its Sosa bats.
"Arguably the greatest modern day slugger in baseball, Sammy Sosa, was caught using a corked bat while playing for the Chicago Cubs. Corked bats, illegal in baseball, launch pitches up to 10 meters further than standard wooden equipment, potentially turning innocuous fly-balls into home runs. Need perspective? Think 'chucking' in cricket."
—Sydney Morning Herald
10. My mind was clouded by anabolic steroids. 3. If you hit home runs you get paid $20M year, dumb ass.
—from David Letterman's Top 10 Sammy Sosa Explanations
"I think it's a conspiracy."
—Nets forward Aaron Williams
"When it was Albert Belle nobody cared Because with him it was expected But Oh my God, it's Sammy now That's got himself ejected."
—Fan Bill Robinson of Springfield published by the Copley News Service
" Sosa said he keeps a corked bat to use during batting practice because 'I like to put on a show for the fans. I like to make people happy and show off.' I believe that. I believe gangsters keep shotguns in their trunks to shoot rabbits. I believe the Tooth Fairy is married to the Easter Bunny. I believe—I guarantee I believe—that Sosa is a liar."
—Rick Telander, Chicago Sun-Times
"I believe that's a Pete Ros�."
"Unless he can somehow prove otherwise, Sammy Sosa is a fraud and all of his home runs are now tainted."
—Bill Madden, Daily News, New York
"If a guy will cork his bat, why wouldn't he cork his body?"
—David Whitley, Orlando Sentinel