The self-proclaimed favorite in the bunt tourney has been upset. Steve Clevenger defeated Tony Campana yesterday in their first-round matchup.
“It’s been pretty anticipated — me and Campana — for a couple of days now,” Clevenger said. “I think it separates the good bunters from the guys who are fast that think they can bunt. It’s just all for fun. We’re having a good time out there just ragging each other and having fun.”
Campana made no excuses.
“This will make everybody better [bunters] I think,” Campana said. “I put down a lot of good bunts today, he just put down better ones.”
Apparently Campana was booed during his turn. Did it make him want to beat up all his teammates?
“I don’t mind getting booed,” Campana said. “Sori always told me they don’t boo nobodys, so…”
You tell ‘em, Tony!
Dale Sveum gave us our first glimpse at his ideas for the rotation.
When Sveum met with the media on Friday, he listed five starters: Ryan Dempster, Matt Garza, Paul Maholm, Randy Wells, and Travis Wood. Does that mean the rotation is set? No, Sveum said.
“Wells, Travis Wood, Volstad, Rodrigo Lopez, they’re all in the running for jobs,” Sveum said. “It’s just a matter of what happens in Spring Training.”
Despite the fact that he’s being stretched out to start, notice that Jeff Samardzija’s name was not mentioned here. Also not mentioned as a candidate for the rotation was Boston’s owner, John Henry. But he talked to the media Saturday anyway.
“I think there was a basic misunderstanding between [Cubs chairman] Tom Ricketts and I when we first spoke about it,” Henry said. “I really admire Tom Ricketts as an owner. He’s one of the best owners in baseball. It’s a great organization.
“We probably had a misunderstanding at least as far as expectation,” Henry said. “There was no real agreement. It was just sort of, the best way to explain it is we probably had different expectations based on the first conversation as to what was transpiring.”
I think a basic misunderstanding must be an understatement.