On Wednesday, Jeff Samardzija was sent down to Iowa and right handed reliever Chad Fox was called up to the majors. From what I’ve read, the Cubs intend to start Samardzija for Iowa on Saturday. Why did they bring him up to put him in the bullpen? Piniella said today that they have a young bullpen and they could use a veteran reliever in the pen. Fox is a 38 year old journeyman. From all accounts, Fox pitched well during the spring. So, why didn’t they just call up Fox instead of Samardzija in the first place? Samardzija needs time in the minors. He has one pitch, a fastball, and major leaguers clearly have have caught up with it. On Tuesday, Aaron Rowand was in an 0 for twenty something slump and the cure for that turned out to be Jeff Samardzija. He’s not fooling anyone right now. I realize they have a huge stake in Samardzija, they did pay him some huge signing bonus with a ton of guaranteed money. For now, the Cubs should stick to developing Samardzija as a starter. I believe that is where he will have the most value to the team.
What was going on in Lou Piniella’s mind?
April has come to an end. Twenty-one games are in the books. Being a teacher, I’m used to grading my students’ performance. I’m going to take this opportunity to grade the Cubs players’ April performance.
My father and I have finally agreed to a wager! It was a long, drawn out summit meeting today, but we have finally agreed to the terms of our Cubs vs. Cardinals wager. I wagered my father that the Cubs would have a better head to head record against the Cardinals this year. The Cubs and Cardinals play each other 16 times, so 9 wins by either team will win the bet for one of us. If each team wins 8 games, then it is a wash. So far, the Cubs lead 2-1 with the next round of three games coming this weekend. The terms of the wager are as follows. If the Cubs win 9 or more games, then I win and my father will wear a Chicago Cubs replica road jersey in front of Wrigley Field and pose for a photograph to appear on this blog. If the Cardinals win 9 or more games, then I will wear a Cardinals T-shirt or jersey and hat in front of Wrigley Field and pose for a photograph to appear on this blog. There was much negotiating in coming up with these terms. Originally, I wanted to have my father wear a Cubs floppy hat. He completely refused. We finally settled on the Cubs road jersey, because there is no Cubs logo on it. It only says “Chicago” across the chest. I accepted this. My father also requested he wear a Cardinals t-shirt under the jersey, so the jersey would never have to touch his skin. I agreed to this as well. This concession on my part reminded me of a bet I made with my Packer fan friend at the school we teach at. I bet him once the Bears would finish ahead of the Packers and when they did, he had to wear a Brian Urlacher jersey all day at school. Under the jersey, he wore a Packers turtleneck so he wouldn’t get any Bears cooties from the jersey. The funny thing about this was he didn’t realize it was yearbook pictures the day he wore the jersey. He had to have his yearbook picture taken wearing a Brian Urlacher jersey. So, the wager with my father is on! Go Cubbies!