If you were one of the Chicago Cubs fans wringing your hands on Twitter yesterday, thanks to a litany of national baseball writers who insisted the Cubs were still “in” on Michael Bourn, you can relax. Michael Bourn will not be a Chicago Cub in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, or 2017, barring trades, of course. Yesterday, he signed a four-year, $48 million deal with the Indians.
Mercifully, that ordeal is now over, and we can turn back to the matters at hand, like bunting tournaments and whining about Tony Campana being DFAed. Unless, of course, your Carlos Marmol. He is busy attempting to dispense justice far and wide. Or at least in the Domincan Republic:
“I didn’t do anything,” Marmol said. “The stuff that she says is not true and I proved it. … It is about the money. The first thing, when they went to the police, they asked about money right away.”
Marmol said he knew the woman, Miledys Mejia Cepeda, because she grew up in his hometown. But he said he had never spoken to her before that Oct. 28 night, when he gave her a ride home from a party. Marmol said he was surprised when he learned of the charges from a radio report.
“They tried to make me scared,” he said. “They were going to (ruin) my reputation in baseball. The easy way is to (make a claim) and then I’d give them money. But I’m not going to give them money because I didn’t do anything.”
Marmol’s attorney filed a countersuit to try to prove the accusation was a blackmail attempt. President Theo Epstein said the Cubs support Marmol and believe he’s innocent. Marmol said the Cubs “know what’s going on.”
Marmol said it’s not unusual for occurrences like this to happen in the Dominican because lawyers know it’s an easy way to blackmail well-paid players for money.
(Obligatory joke about knowing the accusation is false because Marmol’s aim isn’t that good). You guys know as well as anyone that I’m usually the first person to defend an alleged victim, but, in this case, something has just felt off about this allegation from the beginning. I’m glad the Cubs investigated the matter on their own before throwing their weight behind Marmol, and, at this point, I’m inclined to believe him unless other evidence comes out.
Are you worried about what the future will bring for Matt Garza? Matt Garza isn’t. Matt Garza is going to be allllll rriiiiiight.
Does Garza want to stay with the Cubs long-term?
“My goal is to go out there and pitch and prove that I’m healthy enough and make them want me to stay,” he said. “That’s my job. Right now there’s all the questions: ‘How is he going to come back? How is he going to rebound?’ Those are legitimate questions. I haven’t thrown off a mound competitively for two months. Now I’m getting back into it, feeling great. … I’m just excited to be pitching again. Not really too worried about what the future holds. All I know is April 1 is Game One and I want to be there.”
So . . no.
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