Cheer, cheer for old . . . Chicago!

A tip o’ the hat to The Blue-Gray Sky for this one, from the Chicago Sun-Times:

A Cubs team fiercely trying to focus on the present could get its first glimpse of a big part of its future today with the arrival of top pitching prospect Jeff Samardzija.

[ . . . ]

The former Notre Dame football star might even start for the Cubs this weekend, though that could not be immediately confirmed. A Saturday start would push back Rich Harden’s scheduled start to his sixth day — a schedule that produced good results for Harden with Oakland earlier this year.

Well, ain’t that some-thin’?!

Update Samardzija pitched to-day, in the Cubs’ loss (*sigh*) to the Marlins:

Chicago Cubs IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Samardzija (BS, 1) 2.0 2 1 1 0 2 0 4.50

Not the most heartening performance, but not too bad, either: Twenty-seven of his thirty-nine pitches were strikes, and, although he earned a blown-save for him-self in his Major League debut, he managed not to receive credit for the loss, that going to Bob Howry, who followed him and surrendered a ninth-inning home-run to pinch-hitter Jeremy Hermida. Alas, the Cubs maintain, now, only a half-game lead over the Brewers in the Central Division.

Incidentally, some years ago, my brother played against Samardzija, a multi-sport stand-out, in high school basketball. The Valparaiso Vikings obliterated the North Judson-San Pierre Blue Jays.


One Response

  1. Yeah, I know, very cool. I was just going to write about the same thing.

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