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Michael Jordan Roots for Sosa

September 20, 1998

CHICAGO (AP) _ Michael Jordan, who knows something about Most Valuable Player Awards, thinks Chicago has another deserving winner _ Sammy Sosa.

``He’s the MVP easily,″ Jordan said Sunday when the city and major league baseball honored Sosa for his season of historic home runs.

Jordan, looking fit and relaxed, didn’t answer the one question everyone wanted to know: Will he return to the Chicago Bulls?

``I’m living in Chicago, I’m not going nowhere,″ Jordan said. ``I don’t know, there’s a lockout. When’s the lockout over? I don’t know, there’s a lot of posturing going on.″

Asked again if he would wait until the labor situation was settled to announce a decision on his future, Jordan simply said: ``Yeah.″

Would he play for new coach Tim Floyd? Jordan just smiled, rolled his eyes, then walked out of the press box at Wrigley Field where earlier he’d done a TV interview.

Jordan, who gave baseball a fling in 1994 and 1995, said he missed the sport. He has a special appreciation for what Sosa has accomplished.

``That’s a special treat. Chicago should enjoy this,″ Jordan said.

``I called him when he hit his 62nd to say hello and wish him congratulations. And the first thing he said is, `When are you going to the Dominican Republic?′

``As soon as I have a free winter, I’ll go there and play some golf.″

Sosa is as popular in his homeland as Jordan is in this country.

``I’m happy for Sammy,″ Jordan said. ``I think Sammy’s going to win (the home run race).″

Cubs first baseman Mark Grace recently said if the Cubs would win a World Series it would make the Bulls’ six championship celebrations ``look like a bingo parlor″ by comparison.

``Tell Gracie he’s got six to catch up to me,″ Jordan said.

``They are having a heck of a season, but the one thing you always remember is winners. Championship teams. I’ll remember the Cubs, but they still got to win, they got to finish first.″

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