Every once in a while, pro-sports bring us some good news stories. When it comes to baseball, Sammy Sosa is one of these “good news stories”. He came from a poor Dominican family, but worked hard at his trade to make a better life for himself.

But is up with this  picture of the former Chicago Cubs slugger being circulating showing him with a lighter skin tone than what fans might remember when he played at Wrigley Field?  In case you think it is make-up from an Halloween costume, it isn’t.

So what is really going on? Is he bleaching? Or is he taking the death of Michael Jackson too serious?

ept_sports_mlb_experts-994843822-1257786137It is understood that the former Cubs slugger is (thankfully) not suffering from Vitiligo or another type of disease. Sosa’s appearance, rather, is a result of an elective “rejuvenation process” for his skin and he was apparently “surprised” when he came out looking whiter than his old home run buddy, Mark McGwire.

The Chicago Tribune has more:

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

“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 (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.”

Things are becoming a little bit questionable as Sosa has now started wearing green contact lenses! Wow! Is it possible to say that all his money and ego are conspiring to turn him into a Dominican version of Jerry Jones, Wayne Newton or Joan Rivers. Now that’s some pretty scary thought.

Of course, this wouldn’t be the first time Sosa has tried to achieve better living through chemistry, so should it really shock us that he’s trying to rejuvenate an already-resilient organ with a process normally reserved for vain women? What a strange dude.