The Cubs returned to their non-winning ways last night, but none of the beat writers seem to care enough about the game to have written a recap with quotes and such. So we’ll just use the material we’re given, namely trade rumors. As mentioned in last night’s game thread, speculation on the impending trade of Ryan Dempster picked up some steam when he was seen in the outfield bleachers with Theo Epstein before last night’s game.
Ryan Dempster, the subject of trade talks, had a long chat with Theo Epstein, Cubs president of baseball operations, in the stands at Wrigley Field prior to Wednesday’s game. The topic? Dempster told MLB.com they were talking about an upcoming fundraiser Epstein is involved in. But the two could have discussed Dempster’s future as the Trade Deadline approaches.
The consensus seems to be that Ryan Dempster will be traded if he waives his no-trade rights. The jury is still out on Matt Garza, though he’s willing to show up and pitch wherever he’s told.
“I love the city, my kids love the city and it would be a great place for them to grow up,” Garza said. “But like I said, it’s out of my control. I’ll just keep going out there every five days and keep plugging away.”
Saying that he just wants to play isn’t a new mantra for Garza. He was using the same language this offseason as well. In 2011 he left a number of games with a lead only to watch the bullpen let his chance at victory slip away.
“It doesn’t matter to me, I just want to play,” he said again. “When they tell me I can’t play anymore that will be the worst day of my life. I just want to keep playing, it doesn’t matter where. I’ll pitch on the freaking moon. I just want to keep playing. As long as people keep asking for me I’ve done a good job. When they stop asking then it’s time to worry.”
Newt Gingrich’s Moon Colony, anyone?
For all the Ian Stewart fans out there, you’ll have to go 15 days without seeing him as he will be placed on the DL.
“He’s been battling as much as he can through it,” Sveum said. “It just got to the point today where it was pretty bad. Took him out of the lineup and we’re going to get it evaluated. We’ll put him on the DL (Thursday) and go from there.”
But before all you Josh Vitters wackos start getting excited, we won’t be seeing him just yet.
Luis Valbuena? Sweet!