He came up on July 25th and struck out the first guy he ever faced.
He's pitched 23 innings and struck out 21, given up 18 hits and 9 walks, and his ERA is 1.96.
He was only drafted last year, and you might say he's already becoming one of the Big Dogs.
What's become apparent is that his experience being a big Notre Dame football player and playing in front of crowds far bigger than you could fit at Wrigley has given him a kind of confidence most guys would take years to develop.
Nothing seems to bother him, and he's twenty three.
When I was 23 I'd just started in advertising.
I was working on a Gallo E&J Brandy new business pitch, brain-storming with a roomful of actual ad guys.
We were trying to figure out headlines that meant the brandy wasn't "harsh".
It was intense, and I couldn't believe they wanted to hear anything I might say.
There was a lull in the idea generating process.
Suddenly creative director Dennis Stevens says with straight-faced urgency: "Tim, run down to my office and get that book titled PROVEN BRANDY HEADLINES!"
And I ran all the way down to his office before I realized that of course there was no such book, and when I turned around there was a roomful of actual ad guys rolling on the floor laughing.
If Kerry Wood said, "Samardzija, run down to the dugout and get that bag of PROVEN STRIKE OUT BALLS!" I figure young Jeff would just laugh.
So he's got the moxie thing, but he's also got the stuff.
Those numbers are nothin to sneeze at.
I got a funny bit from Jeff at the last Cub Convention, when for some reason I had time to actually cut a video. Go here to see.
Okay, lastly all I can say about Texas and Ike is I hope it isn't as bad as I think it is.
Let baseball take a back seat for today, and lets see what's going on in real life.