Think about Matt Garza's short strange trip since coming to the Cubs.
Start with the confusing trade that brought him here.
Big prospects from the Cubs: Hak-Ju Lee, Chris Archer, Sam Fuld, Robinson Chirinos, and Brandon Guyer for Garza, Fernando Perez (gone), and some other guy.
That's alot of talent, but Jim Hendry had to be aware that his top minor league pitchers (Thomas Diamond - where'd that guy go anyway?) were terrible and decided to go with something proven.
Last year was going to be a disaster anyway, but when Cashner and Wells went down imagine if Hendry would have been trying to repair things from that particular position of weakness?
He may have traded the same guys and gotten less.
Next, the off-season.
The Garza's Gone rumors never stopped.
I don't think I've ever seen a guy twisting in the wind like that for literally months.
Theo Epstein never stopped saying it was good if Matt stayed but also good to test the waters.
Was that an upfront thing to say?
I think it was honest, but still Garza was bait.
Had to be sort of...odd, right?
The Cubs were obviously asking for a ton, and no takers came forward.
It could still happen, of course, but right now he's the Cubs' best pitcher and if he stays... well, awesome!
He pitched yesterday and worked on his change and fastball, apparently he didn't throw any sliders.
Gave up a couple runs.
But whatever, it's Spring Training.
Alfonso Soriano hit a couple out, and Brett Jackson hit one too.
Anthony Rizzo started for the first time and drove in a couple.
(Bryan LaHair is ofer 5 so far, but no pressure dude.)
And today it'll be Jeff Samardzija on the mound.
He's been pretty vocal about wanting one of those starting jobs.
Pretty great guy to have in the pen, but hell man, the roles are being figured out right now.
Lets see what happens.
Oh yeah, if you haven't seen the new PlayStation spot featuring the Cubs winning the World Series, well, it's certainly well produced. It's just that I prefer to find humor in the misery of people other than myself.