Let’s face it. We’re all jealous of his long, flowing locks. There’s no longer any reason to hate Jeff Samardzija now that he’s a super duper pitcher. After three scoreless innings yesterday, Spellcheck talked about what it is that drives him to be great.
“That’s 100 percent correct,” Samardzija said. “I hold a lot of stuff inside, I don’t say too much stuff. I have a big chip on my shoulder, especially the older I get and I slowly see my football skills diminishing. I’ve got to understand I need to start pitching good. It means something to me. I want to come out here and pitch good. I’m close to home, I’ve been here for five, six years and it does mean something to me.”
Jeff would also like you to know that he could’ve been better if the previous regime hadn’t screwed around with him so much.
“Lou [Piniella] and all those guys who were here, and Jim [Hendry, former GM], you have to win to keep your job,” Samardzija said. “In ’08 and ’09, we were trying to win and if they thought that me being in the bullpen in the big leagues was the best way to win, then that was the way to go. People tend to forget, we’re just pawns here. We’re just the guys on the chessboard. Everyone else is making the moves. You have to take it for what it’s worth. I got to come up and pitch as a young guy, maybe not ready to do it, against a lot of great hitters. It gives me a lot of confidence now to know that I have my mechanics in line and have the pitches I want to throw and am still facing those guys.”
Cy Young! Cy Young!