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Sunday, November 08, 2009

Sammy Sosa says skin rejuvenation process reason his skin appears lighter

Yeah…and I’m set to be the cover boy for the “L’Ethnologie du Sens Genitale” reprint.

“He’s not trying to be Michael Jackson,” said former Cubs employee Rebecca Polihronis, who talks frequently with Sosa.

Sosa was photographed recently during an appearance at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

“He is going through a rejuvenation process for his skin,” Polihronis said. “Women have it all of the time. He was surprised he came out looking so white. I thought it was a body double. Part of (the photo appearance) is just the lighting.

“He is in the middle of doing a cleansing process to his skin. 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.’

“People who saw him in person did not react the same way. He can’t believe it is such a big deal.”

...“He was doing a dermatological skin process after years and years (of playing baseball) in the sun,” Polihronis said. “It did come out looking weird (in the picture).”

Repoz Posted: November 08, 2009 at 06:57 AM | 42 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Ray (RDP) Posted: November 08, 2009 at 07:33 AM (#3382196)
Obviously caused by steroids.
   2. Into the Void Posted: November 08, 2009 at 07:51 AM (#3382197)
I believe Ty Cobb also had a skin rejuvenation procedure after he retired.
   3. Tripon Posted: November 08, 2009 at 07:59 AM (#3382198)
Sammy Sosa did ask for fair skin.
   4. Rich Rifkin Posted: November 08, 2009 at 08:30 AM (#3382202)
Sosa is the anti-Al Jolson.
   5. Flynn Posted: November 08, 2009 at 11:59 AM (#3382218)
So who had Sammy Sosa in retired player goes batshit crazy pool?
   6. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: November 08, 2009 at 01:03 PM (#3382223)
Sosa is the anti-Al Jolson.

Even more appropriately, he looks like an updated anti-James Whitmore from the old 1964 movie Black Like Me. . Maybe Sosa's just conducting a variant of John Howard Griffin's famous ethnological experiment.
   7. Jeff K. Posted: November 08, 2009 at 02:17 PM (#3382226)
He's got a case of the revitiligo.
   8. They paved Misirlou, put up a parking lot Posted: November 08, 2009 at 02:18 PM (#3382227)
"He was doing a dermatological skin process after years and years (of playing baseball) in the sun,”


I wonder what Dusty Baker has to say about this.
   9. Jeff K. Posted: November 08, 2009 at 02:27 PM (#3382229)
Hey now, a Black Like Me reference! Just to note, that book and the real-life events take place in Mansfield, Texas. Where I went to school for my entire life, minus two years in Oregon (though we lived in Arlington, mostly.) Main Street, where they hang the effigy when it crosses Broad St., I used to drive through that intersection every time I went to the library. No plaques or anything to commemorate it. :)

Not a lot changed there from the time of the book up through when I started going to school there. Some changes in the 10 years from start to end of that. Since then, the sprawl of Arlington (school districts in Texas are jacked up, because they are where the power is) and Mansfield's own rapid expansionWhen I graduated high school, there was one HS, 2200 people, my class was 500. 6 years later, 2002, there were 5 high schools, with another being built. 1988 - 8,000 people, school district probably had 20k. 1996 - 25k/55k. Now, 60k/100k, easily. And back then, it was all poor people. Now, the median household income is $77,289.

So if you're worried at all, I think most of the people who were ######## about the whole thing have long been forced out of their former pastoral lives.
   10. Jeff K. Posted: November 08, 2009 at 02:31 PM (#3382231)
I wonder what Dusty Baker has to say about this.

"He had joy, he had fun
he had seasons in the sun
but the pills at lunchtime
weren't with the right enzyme"
   11. Don Lock Posted: November 08, 2009 at 03:46 PM (#3382261)
Jeff K:

You know what is interesting about your three posts? Nothing.
   12. hscs Posted: November 08, 2009 at 04:22 PM (#3382277)
You know what is interesting about your three posts? Nothing.

I agree, and it's not a shocker Rifkin chimed in on this one either.

What is interesting about this:
1. The Tribune is running this above the health care vote on the site's front page.
2. Sammy's pal explains that it's bad lighting - the Tribune definitely has people on staff who could figure that out.
3. The man has spent a great deal of time outdoors, where's the health expert to explain what the hell is going on?

EDIT: the really obvious photoshop angle wasn't addressed at all.
   13. Andere Richtingen Posted: November 08, 2009 at 04:46 PM (#3382288)
Rejuvenation. Right. I guess the tinted contacts are corneal rejuvenation.
   14. Jeff K. Posted: November 08, 2009 at 04:53 PM (#3382291)
You know what is interesting about your three posts? Nothing.

Feel free to use the ignore feature, my friend. It's not like I highjacked the thread, and if I had, it's not like this is destined to be a bangup useful thread to start with.

Followup to #9 since I'm already submitting: I had heard it when I was in school, and Wikipedia confirms it. The school district was the last public school district in the US to integrate, in 1965.
   15. hscs Posted: November 08, 2009 at 05:06 PM (#3382297)
Feel free to use the ignore feature, my friend. It's not like I highjacked the thread, and if I had, it's not like this is destined to be a bangup useful thread to start with.

1st amendment! 1st amendment!
   16. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: November 08, 2009 at 05:38 PM (#3382309)
Interesting post, Jeff K, but FYI Black Like Me centered around Griffin's five week trip (bus, walking, and hitchhiking) from New Orleans through "Mississippi, Alabama, back to New Orleans, and finally to Atlanta." He was a native Texan, living in Mansfield at the time, and he planned his trip in Ft. Worth with an editor of Sepia magazine, which serialized parts of it. But Mansfield itself doesn't feature prominently until the end of the book, when after his trip was over, and the publicity about it had gotten out (TV interviews, etc.) he was hung in effigy on Main Street, presumably for having "stirred things up." And prior to his trip he'd never discussed his project with anyone in his home town, for obvious reasons that you would know as well as anyone.

Oh, and advance apologies to Don Lock for boring him even more. Maybe if he'll supply us with a list of acceptable topics we can work to accommodate him in the future.
   17. The Most Interesting Man In The World Posted: November 08, 2009 at 05:49 PM (#3382312)
Jeff K:

You know what is interesting about your three posts? Nothing.


Actually, I find the fact that he worked in a Terry Jacks reference the very definition of interesting.
   18. tfbg9 Posted: November 08, 2009 at 05:59 PM (#3382318)
Jeff K. needs to work on his meter however.
   19. Justin T., Director of Somethin Posted: November 08, 2009 at 06:09 PM (#3382325)
If it's interesting Jeff K. posts you're looking for, look no further than the B-Ref survey thread. He has already skimmed the surface of the IE 7 vs. IE 8 debate, and now with others commenting, there is sure to be a 600 word post about it pretty soon. He's probably working on it already.

I'm flushed with excitement. If we're good, maybe he'll even throw in a few huge paragraphs about Firefox 3.5 (or Minefield, if you're cool enough to know what that is).
   20. Charlie O Posted: November 08, 2009 at 06:10 PM (#3382326)
I'm not buying the lighting claim. In the other thread there are pictures of Sammy with his wife in the same lighting. In the December 2008 shot, he's considerably darker than his wife. In the current shot, she looks about the same and Sammy is almost as pasty white as the Pilsbury Doughboy. How does the lighting affect Sammy but not his wife?
   21. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: November 08, 2009 at 06:25 PM (#3382333)
You know what is interesting about finding Jeff K.'s posts interesting? Nothing.
   22. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: November 08, 2009 at 06:32 PM (#3382334)
You know what is interesting about finding Jeff K.'s posts interesting? Nothing.
Interesting.
   23. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: November 08, 2009 at 06:33 PM (#3382337)
I'm not buying the lighting claim. In the other thread there are pictures of Sammy with his wife in the same lighting. In the December 2008 shot, he's considerably darker than his wife. In the current shot, she looks about the same and Sammy is almost as pasty white as the Pilsbury Doughboy. How does the lighting affect Sammy but not his wife?
I believe what they're saying is that the lighting makes the skin treatment stand out in a way that it doesn't otherwise stand out.
   24. Jeff K. Posted: November 08, 2009 at 10:18 PM (#3382433)
If it's interesting Jeff K. posts you're looking for, look no further than the B-Ref survey thread. He has already skimmed the surface of the IE 7 vs. IE 8 debate, and now with others commenting, there is sure to be a 600 word post about it pretty soon. He's probably working on it already.

I'm flushed with excitement. If we're good, maybe he'll even throw in a few huge paragraphs about Firefox 3.5 (or Minefield, if you're cool enough to know what that is).


What makes you think I won't cut you?
   25. Justin T., Director of Somethin Posted: November 08, 2009 at 11:15 PM (#3382464)
What makes you think I won't cut you?

Your lack of thumbs.
   26. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: November 08, 2009 at 11:23 PM (#3382474)
Maybe Sammy wants to make a comeback as the scrappy white guy?

That is a freaky picture.
   27. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: November 08, 2009 at 11:39 PM (#3382482)
Jeff K. needs to work on his meter however.

He's off the meter like an outer borough taxi.
   28. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: November 09, 2009 at 12:53 AM (#3382501)
Smithers: Uh, sorry to interrupt your rejuvenation therapy, sir, but there are two small children here looking for your autograph.

Sosa: Release the hounds.
   29. Jeff K. Posted: November 09, 2009 at 05:06 AM (#3382616)
By the way, that's the right meter, jackalopes.
   30. Hugh Jorgan Posted: November 09, 2009 at 05:18 AM (#3382625)
Obviously caused by steroids.

See, my first thought was, "holy crap, look at that HGH chin!"
   31. Gonfalon B. Posted: November 09, 2009 at 05:54 AM (#3382647)
Sosa is the anti-Al Jolson.

Negative. They both used a lot of cork.
   32. zenbitz Posted: November 09, 2009 at 06:57 AM (#3382684)
I think he's just a vampire.
   33. Dr Stankus and the Semicolons Posted: November 09, 2009 at 08:20 AM (#3382709)
Negative. They both used a lot of cork.


Win.

This post should end the debate, which was stupid, about if Jeff K's was the most uninteresting post. It's slightly less interesting than the jackass that made the comment.
   34. Cris E Posted: November 13, 2009 at 07:09 PM (#3387124)
   35. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: November 13, 2009 at 07:13 PM (#3387129)
"Suddenly I remember him being much grittier and hard-working than I did before."

They fcuking stole my joke!
   36. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: November 13, 2009 at 07:21 PM (#3387149)
The school district was the last public school district in the US to integrate, in 1965.


Geez. My public school district in SW Arkansas didn't integrate till '70-'71; I'm sure the same applied to the general area. My impression was that that was true in much of the South. (And wasn't it a big deal after that in places like South Boston & Indianapolis? Or am I conflating "integration" with "busing," which I suppose aren't necessarily synonymous?)

Just like Texans to succumb to the illusion that they're the only place in the nation that matters ...
   37. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: November 13, 2009 at 07:23 PM (#3387152)
Something must be happening in the mysterious network of MLB vampires. First Khalil Greene's career looks like it might be at an end, and now Sammy Sosa is being drained of his life force.
   38. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: November 13, 2009 at 07:29 PM (#3387163)
I want you guys to acknowledge that The Onion stole my joke. I have a sad, pathetic life. This may be it for me. The pinnacle. My defining moment.
   39. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: November 13, 2009 at 07:33 PM (#3387175)
Duly acknowledged.
   40. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: November 13, 2009 at 07:34 PM (#3387181)
I feel like I should poor a beer over my head or something.
   41. Van Lingle Mungo Jerry Posted: November 13, 2009 at 07:56 PM (#3387219)
Perhaps Sammy's just doing an homage to Eddie Murphy's "White Like Me"?
   42. JoeHova Posted: November 13, 2009 at 08:37 PM (#3387274)
I loved that "White Like Me" thing when it first came on. I haven't seen it since it first aired, so thank you for the link.

edit: it wasn't quite as funny as I remembered it but the free newspaper thing always stuck with me.

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