2/25 Clevenger beats Campana in bunt tourney
Tony Campana picked himself to win the Cubs bunting tournament but he’s now out of the race.
Catcher Steve Clevenger knocked Campana out on Saturday in first round position player action, totaling 660 points to the trash talking outfielder’s 290.
“Big upset,” Dale Sveum said.
“It separates the good bunters from the guys who are fast and think they can bunt,” said Clevenger, one of three catchers to advance. “It’s just all for fun.”
“I just didn’t bunt,” Campana said, “and [Clevenger] bunted really good and I had to try catch up. It seemed like every one he bunted went into the 40 [point] box. I didn’t think a catcher could put up 500 points, let alone 600.”
Others to advance on Saturday included Matt Szczur, Adrian Cardenas, Brett Jackson, Blake Lalli, Jonathan Mota, Bryan LaHair and Welington Castillo. Campana was an early favorite. Now, who’s the one to beat?
“I heard [Ryan Dempster] was putting up 700 some points [in practice],” Campana said. “Now, I’m going to have to make my own bracket. I had myself winning my bracket.”
It’ll be tough for Campana on Sunday when the rest of his teammates find out he couldn’t back up his bragging.
“It’s going to be really bad [Sunday],” Campana said. “I might bring a wig and a mask tomorrow.”
— Carrie Muskat