Note: I did this the other day, last night was our holiday party, and I'm too lazy to change anything.
But here's what I read this morning from Theo on Cubs.com:
"At some point, I don't think Jeff deserves to read about this every day," Epstein said. "It's a tough thing to read about someone speculating on where you're going to work. We'll put it to bed. The situation now is Jeff's our Opening Day starter and that's how we're moving forward."
He's for sale right now.
Up in neon on the last day of the 2013 Winter Meetings, you can see Jeff Samardzija.
But lets put aside all the Cubs team stuff for a minute, and just imagine being Jeff Samardzija.
What crap timing for his career.
He's an incredible athlete, he works like a dog, he's open and honest and speaks his mind, he's a fabulous example for younger players.
This is a man with all the right stuff to be a positive part of your team.
But he's playing for the Cubs during the Big League team's Great Depression, and the one thing that pops out most about Samardzija: he's a competitor.
On the Cubs.
They aren't exactly wasting his time but in a way they are - he'll turn 29 in January.
These should be his best years coming up.
He should be happy as a clam, the king of the world.
Instead, I don't know this for sure but losing can't be good for your head.
Say you're a waiter.
A win for a waiter is a nice tip, right?
But if you walk up to a table and everyone's not smiling and they complain about the menu, you figure there's not alot you can do to make 'em happy.
You might have a different mind-set, knowing you're gonna lose.
(We're talking about Samardzija, but this applies to Rizzo and Castro too.)
What would it be like to be on a team where you expected to win?
What would Samardzija's record be if all the pieces around him were really really good?
What would it feel like to be on a team with an actual chance of winning a WS next year?
I don't know, I just feel for the guy.
Timing is everything, as they say, and over this next season it's critical for him.
His current contract goes thru 2015, after that he's a free agent.
So with that club control, he's super-attactive to teams who expect to win now.
If the Cubs do sign him to a semi-long termer, then awesome - he's the best on the team right now anyway.
Whatever happens is gonna happen and I wish him good luck either way.
Lastly, you know the post I did the other day with all the gms at the winter meetings, and they all end up looking at a you tube video of Kate Upton?
I also posted that at The Cub Reporter, and so those guys tweeted it out too.
A little later, I got the below message from Twitter:
Kate Upton favorited a tweet that I was mentioned in?
I'm... well I'm famous!
KATE UPTON LIKES ME!
Okay so later I found out it's actually just a Kate Upton fan's account or something, but I'll make this last line really small so maybe you won't read it.