Sosa: Documentary will 'change a lot of people's minds' about me

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Sammy Sosa hopes the upcoming documentary about his 1998 home run race with Mark McGwire will help change how he's perceived by the public.

"Long Gone Summer" is set to premiere June 14 on ESPN and will explore the battle between the two sluggers, which helped rekindle the interest in baseball as it recovered from the 1994 strike.

"I feel comfortable that documentary is going to change a lot of people's minds," Sosa said Tuesday on ESPN-AM 1000's "Kap & Co."

He added: "I hope it does that. I hope it opens more doors for me (to) continue living my life."

The chase, during which both Sosa (66) and McGwire (70) broke Roger Maris' long-standing home run record, is widely considered one of the most controversial periods in baseball history, as both players - as well as many others - were later tied to performance-enhancing drugs.

A report by The New York Times in 2003 stated Sosa tested positive in a Major League Baseball drug test. Seven years later, McGwire admitted to using steroids, including during the 1998 season.

Sosa maintained as recently as 2018 that he's never tested positive for PEDs.

As for the legitimacy of the 1998 home run race, he said those who take issue with it can simply refer to the numbers.

"Look, the numbers are there," Sosa said. "The numbers don't lie."

- With h/t to the Chicago Tribune

Sosa: Documentary will 'change a lot of people's minds' about me
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