48. Sammy Sosa corks his bat.
Punishment: 7-game suspension
Sammy Sosa's fall from grace was only in its infancy when on this June afternoon he broke his bat in the first inning of a game against the Devil Rays. He was immediately ejected when the bat was revealed to be corked, a big no-no in baseball. While Sosa's claim of "accident" was aided by the fact that none of the 76 other bats in his possession were corked, it was a harbinger of bad things to come for the Cubs; a mere four months later Steve Bartman would become a household name, and in less than a year Sosa would be on the DL after injuring himself sneezing.