Today marks the second day in a row with no baseball being played. My fear is that with nothing happening, we may all go crazy and wind up in some Lord of the Flies situation. I hope I can dredge up enough news to avoid that. First up today, David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays sure seems to think that Matt Garza will be traded, and he hopes that it’s to a team in the AL East.
“Honestly, I talk to him about that every single day,” Price said of his former Rays teammate prior to the All-Star Game. “He’s one of my best friends in baseball. I hope he comes to the East, just so I can hang out with him. I told him whether he goes to New York or Boston, I hope he doesn’t go to Detroit, because the only time I’d see him then would be in the postseason. We’re done with [the Tigers on the schedule]. I hope he does. I hope he goes to one of those teams and I get to see him again. I told him if he goes to New York or Boston and we come there, I’m just going to stay with him. He said that was fine. I would like to see him pitch.”
Mr. Price, would you also like to make sure that one of these teams sends a great prospect return for Mr. Garza? We all like having him in Chicago, but we’re willing to part ways if it makes the future brighter. Joe Cowley of the Sun-Times also is writing about the future, and made a short list of players the Cubs definitely won’t be trading this month. Though I’m not sure he’s all that familiar with who’s actually on the team.
Right-hander Matt Garza is another big piece that will draw interest, but no player in a Cubs uniform is really safe, unless the back of their jersey reads “Sveum,’’ “Rizzo’’ or “Castro.’’
One of these things is not like the others.
While we’re on the subject of Dale Sveum, Reed Johnson wants you to know he doesn’t hate playing for him.
“With teams that I’ve been on, and other guys have been on, that have had a record like we have at the All-Star break … (usually) you’re like, ‘God it’s miserable, I hate my manager, I hate the coaching staff, I hate my teammates,’” outfielder Reed Johnson said.
“It makes for a really long year. But (Sveum and his staff) have been even-keeled when we’re up and when we’re down. They have gone through the grind, with good teams and bad teams, so they really understand how tough the game is and they have been real patient with us.
“You see how much the coaching staff cares about you, and the players feel that it’s genuine. It makes for a great atmosphere in the clubhouse, even after some of the tough games we’ve had.”
And Sveum has the front office’s seal of approval, at least according to assistant to the GM, Shiraz Rehman.
“He’s really an open-minded guy who tries to find different ways to skin a cat, which is what we try to do,” Rehman said. “Leave no stone unturned. The players have responded to him. … He has the right short- and long-term vision.”
I think I speak for all of us when I say, “at least he’s not Mike Quade.”