The New Michael Jackson? Chicago Cubs’ Sammy Sosa Shockingly Changes Skin Color

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If you hadn’t told me this was Sammy Sosa of Chicago Cubs fame, I would never have recognized him. He has pulled a Micheal Jackson, going from black to white. It’s disturbing. Sammy Sosa is a baseball legend and at least was, very black. Social media has caught fire after seeing before and after pics of the baseball great. Pics were caught of Sosa dabbing in London this week for his birthday and the transformation is shocking. He retired from the big leagues in 2007. My, how things have changed since then.

“Five days until Sammy Sosa’s birthday…Here he is in London!” said a fan posting a series of tweets of Sosa and his wife out and about in the city. The 48 year-old Dominican-born athlete first appeared ‘lighter’ in 2009 and since then it seems the melanin in his skin has all but depleted.

I wonder if he is suffering from Vitiligo. It is a long term skin condition characterized by patches of the skin losing their pigment. The patches of skin affected become white and usually have sharp margins. The hair from the skin may also become white. Inside the mouth and nose may also be affected. Typically both sides of the body are subject to the condition. Often the patches begin on areas of skin that are exposed to the sun or light. It is more noticeable in people with dark skin and is thought to be genetic. Some people use a lightening cream to even the pigment. There is no known cure.

Sosa’s fans are shocked and dismayed by his appearance. Some of them are accusing him of self-hatred. It is more likely a medical condition he has no control over. Besides, it’s his skin and face. Regardless, a number of people made him the subject of memes on the Internet. “Sammy Sosa looks like the grandpa from the munsters,” said user Jaron Montana. No, he doesn’t in my opinion. Brandon Williams added: “Idk what Sammy Sosa is going thru at this point in his life but this picture is terrifying.” That it is. I wish he could have just stayed the same.

Of course, there were comparisons to Michael Jackson. One commenter said, “It appears that Sammy Sosa has become the new Michael Jackson. Kind of creepy. #darktolight.” “My 1990 Fleer baseball card of Sammy Sosa… I just need to know does the value increase since he’s white now. Lol,” said a different tweeter. “Here is a picture of a white Sammy Sosa dabbing….2017 is weird,” added another commenter. Justin Sherman said: “BRUH….. Sammy Sosa’s transformation to Dominican Jay Leno is almost complete.” “Sammy Sosa want good credit so bad..,” added a different commenter. Lisa Andie said: “I’m not completely sure but did Sammy Sosa morph into Shrek morphed into a man??” “Sammy Sosa out here lookin’ like Andy Kaufman,” said another commenter. Tweeted another: “It makes me sad to see Sammy Sosa looking like the Ghost of Self-Hate Present.”

In 2009, when fans first noticed his appearance changing, he had to address some of the reports in the media. A pic of Sammy snagged from a TV interview in July with ESPNDeportes about the Home Run Derby made its rounds on Twitter as people compared him to the Pink Panther. He was even called Pepto Bismol, taffy, raw chicken and an eraser. My guilty favorite was Franken Berry.

In an interview with Univision’s Primer Impacto, Sosa verified that he used a cream that softened and lightened his skin every night before bed. “It’s a bleaching cream that I apply before going to bed and whitens my skin some,” he said. “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. What happened was that I had been using the cream for a long time and that, combined with the bright TV lights, made my face look whiter than it really is. I don’t think I look like Michael Jackson.”

Sosa played with the Chicago Cubs from 1992 to 2004. In 2003, Sosa was among a group of 104 Major League Baseball players who tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. He was still a legend though and this is a sad development for him and his fans. I feel for the guy, but I do have some advice. Nix the pink duds dude. And no more dabbing. Woof.

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