Cubs Get Star Spangled Victory Over Nationals

MLB: Chicago Cubs at Washington Nationals

Not to be outdone by Fourth of July fireworks, the Chicago Cubs set off a few Roman Candles of their own by trading Jeff “The Shark” Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics for Addison Russell, Billy McKinney, Dan Straily and a player to be named at a later date.

The trade comes on the heels of a four game winning streak and catapulting the Cubs like those Roman Candles, into 7.5 games back in the Wild Card chase.

So, what does this mean for the now surging Cubs? Well for starters, the Cubs easily disposed of the Washington Nationals yesterday, 7-2. Jason Hammell was yanked from the game after executing 92 pitches. I had a feeling there was something in the works about a week ago when Samardzija was supposed to pitch in today’s matchup but the team called up a pitcher although they made no indication that the deal would be with the Athletics.

“I have no idea why I came out of the game,” said Hammel, who surrendered five hits and struck out seven batters over six-plus innings. “I honestly believe you learn how to pitch when you get to 100 pitches. If you’re not allowed to reach that, I think that’s hurting you more than helping you. So I guess it is what it is right now. But for a guy that’s established and continues to work hard and prepares himself to throw late in games, deep in the games, 100 pitches shouldn’t even come into question.”

It had nothing to do with your pitching, Jason. You were traded. A few years ago, Mike Camalleri who played with the Montreal Canadians, was pulled halfway through the game and sent on a plane to Calgary. It happens.

Is this good news for the Cubs? I’m excited. I like Samardzija but I’m glad he’ll have a shot at a post season and I won’t have to type out that last name as much anymore.

The Cubs of course, are looking towards the future, but they’re also playing great ball of late and perhaps they could earn a spot in the post season.

Yesterday’s brunch proved that the series sweep over the Red Sox wasn’t a fluke. Justin Ruggiano hammered the ball to raise his home run total to four on the season. He’s been playing great ball of late and should only continue.

Baseball’s a funny game isn’t it? I never would have thought the Cubs would be in it this time of the year.

Believe it.



  1. Minoring In Baseball · July 5, 2014

    That was a surprising trade, for sure. I think it’s one that will benefit the Cubs in the long run, though. Look out for this team in a few years. It’s gotta be tough seeing the Shark go, and I do wish him luck in Oakland, unless he’s facing the Tigers!


  2. Dave · July 5, 2014

    Theo’s typical shock wave. When trading, Theo never gets full value in return. Everything the Cubs got was a maybe. Could go one way or, the other.

    I am not opposed to trades but, I expect better dealing than Theo has shown. It is time for Theo to get in sync with fans at the major league level.

    We have exercised the patience he’s asked for. His turn on all levels.


    • Mark Gauthier · July 5, 2014

      I think you’re right. I do like the stockpiling of prospects and it’s almost like Risk. Build your army and attack with all you got. I’m giving Theo one last chance. I’m expecting big things next year. Big Things! But like you, my patience is getting thin. Hell, calling Manny up might be interesting. Imagine Rizzo, Castro and Manny. There’s no reason why the Cubs can’t compete for a Wild Card this season, but a 13-0 loss won’t do it.


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