A picture of the former Chicago Cubs slugger has been circulating showing him with a lighter skin tone than what fans might remember when he played at Wrigley Field. The shot was taken when Sosa, who is Dominican, attended the Latin Grammys, reported CBS News station WBBM-TV in Chicago.
The Chicago Tribune reported that the lighter skin tone is a side effect from a skin rejuvenation process.
"He's not trying to be Michael Jackson," former Cubs employee Rebecca Polihronis, one of Sosa's friends, told the Tribune.
When Polihronis first saw the photo, she told the Tribune she thought the man pictured was a body double. She said Sosa chose to treat his skin because of his many years playing baseball in the sun.
"He is in the middle of doing a cleansing process to his skin," Polihronis told the newspaper. "The picture is deceiving. He said, 'If you saw me in person, you would be surprised. When you see me in person, it is not going to seem like the picture.'"
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