I’m not even going to mention Jeff Samardzija’s nickname. The Crosstown Cup is a mini classic of sorts. When a team doesn’t win championships in years and years, every little stepping stone and every kind of Cup is a moral victory of it’s own. Yesterday, the mighty Chicago Cubs, and yes, they played mightily, beat their nemesis from the South Side, the Chicago White Sox 7-0.
The Cubs managed to highlight everything that’s going to make this team contenders. Julio Borbon hit a Home Run, Alfonso Soriano was hitting, Anthony Rizzo scores and so does Castro. Yup, the Cubs connected last night with all their arsenal but, it was the incredible poise and stealth of The Sha–whoops, Jeff Samardzija that propelled the team to victory. This was his first shut out. This was a complete game. This was incredible.
“That kind of stuff, 97 [mph] from the first pitch to the last pitch, whatever he threw, you’re not going to see that too often in the big leagues,” Dale Sveum said.
Last night, it was ‘Old School” baseball. Duke it out and stay in the game.
Not only did the Cubs need that win to try and pull ahead of the Brewers, but the Cubs need a strong June to have any chance of a Wild Card spot. I think they can do it. Last night’s game proved it.
As for the coolness of the Crosstown Cup?
“This is what you play for. There’s just a comfort level when you get to sleep in your own bed and drive 15 minutes to the park and come play. You’ve got the steel mills in the background. It’s not the most beautiful scent in the world, but it smells like home.” said Samardzija.
Well Done, Shark.