I’d be lying if I said this didn’t make me laugh:
In his Rangers debut, Ryan Dempster gave up a season-high eight runs in 4 2/3 innings, but he got plenty of help from the bullpen and the Texas offense. The Rangers, after collecting 17 hits in Wednesday’s win, overcame three deficits and pounded out 18 hits in a 15-9 win over the Angels at the Ballpark in Arlington on Thursday night. With the win, the Rangers split the four-game series and extended their lead in the American League West to five games.
To his credit, Dempster DID try to smooth things over with the fans, most of whom turned on him like expired yogurt after he managed to block the Cubs from getting one of the best young pitching prospects around, by taking out a full-page Ad in today’s Chicago Tribune Sports Section.
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Nice try, Dempster. I still think you’re a selfish jerk. Terrifyingly, this is a subject upon which Steve Rosenbloom and I agree:
Ah, but if you connect the dots, Epstein gave a bunch of reasons to criticize Dempster and gave some insight on how ticked he must be, especially after Dempster spent a week claiming he never said no to the Atlanta deal.
“He didn’t technically say no,’’ Epstein said. “He said, ‘No, not now. I’m not going to go to Atlanta before I see about L.A.’’’
Sounds like there’s a “no’’ in there. That also sounds like Dempster had given Epstein the OK to trade him to Atlanta. Why else would Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer have spent so much time on that deal? Hoyer told WSCR-AM 670’s “Mully & Hanley Show’’ on Thursday that he spent a week crafting the trade to land the Braves’ big prospect, Randall Delgado. Does any sane person believe Hoyer would do that just for practice?
No, he did it because Dempster said OK to Atlanta. The Braves were on Dempster’s list of teams for which he’d waive his no-trade rights. But it turns out, the Cubs couldn’t trust Dempster to keep what they believed was his word because the only team he wanted to go to was the Dodgers.
“It created a market of one until about 15 minutes to go (before the trade deadline),’’ Epstein said.
Finally, in happier news (but still with a “suck it Dempster” twist. . .):
Villanueva homered in his first two bats for Class A Advanced Daytona on Thursday night in the Cubs’ 8-2 win over Fort Myers at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.
The game, which was Daytona’s fifth win in a row and seventh in its last eight, was his first with the club since being sent from the Rangers to the Cubs organization as part of the deal that sent Ryan Dempster to Texas.
The 21-year-old third baseman admitted he wasn’t particularly trying to impress his new bosses.
“I didn’t expect anything like that to happen,” Villanueva said. “I was just trying to do my best here. I was happy to have new teammates and be part of this organization, and I wanted to do well for them.”
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The Cubs are in LA tonight to take on the Dodgers at 9:10 pm.