Sammy Sosa's has a new look and fans can hardly recognize him

Sammy Sosa

Sammy Sosa

Sosa didn't reenter the spotlight previous year even though the Cubs, for whom he played from 1992 to 2004, won their first World Series title since 1908.

But it doesn't take a genius - or a person with a full heart - to understand that whatever is going on with Sosa isn't all that amusing.

Since his retirement, though, Sosa's countenance has undergone some drastic changes.

But there was never any mistaking Sosa's beaming smile after one of his 609 career home runs. Two years later, in 2009, a photo shows his skin is noticeably lighter.

Sammy Sosa says he is not trying to look like the late Michael Jackson, nor is he suffering from a skin infection. In 2009, during an interview on Univision's Primer Impacto program, Sosa admitted to using a "bleaching cream", saying that he'd "apply before going to bed", and that it "whitens my skin some".

"It's a cream that I have, that I use to soften my skin, but has bleached me some. I'm not a racist, I live my life happily".

The new look has done nothing for Sosa as far as his estrangement from the Chicago Cubs which has gone on for over a decade now, according to CSN. Sosa, who is from the Dominican Republic and of Haitian descent, looked much paler than his playing days, highlighted by wearing a pink hat and pink collared shirt.

But in a recent interview for ESPN Desportes about the All-Star Home Run Derby, Sosa seems to have taken his lightening to new extremes.

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