Ex-baseball slugger Sammy Sosa is "not trying to be Michael Jackson," a Chicago Cubs employee who talks to the outfielder frequently said after pictures of a dramatically lighter-complected Sosa at an after-party following Thursday's Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas, surfaced online.
"He is going through a rejuvenation process for his skin. 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 is just the lighting," Rebecca Polihronis, an employee of Sosa's former team, the Cubs, told the Chicago Tribune.
"He was doing a dermatological skin process after years and years in the sun," Polihronis said. "It did come out looking weird."
Sosa retired from baseball two years ago, after hitting 21 home runs in 412 at-bats for the Texas Rangers.