6/29 Samardzija and Seattle
Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija turned back the clock on himself before the game, watching video of a Notre Dame vs. Washington game from 2005 when he caught eight passes for 164 yards and a touchdown. He notched his 11th quality start, but couldn’t get the win after the Mariners tied it. The right-hander, who ranks among the National League leaders in strikeouts, fanned five.
“The last time I was in Seattle was that game, and I figured I’d watch it and get a little good juju from it and see what happens,” Samardzija said. “It’s kind of funny to watch. It’s kind of funny to see that as I get older. I thought I was still pretty young but that’s changing in a hurry.”
Samardzija did not get a decision in the Cubs’ 5-3, 11-inning win over the Mariners. Seattle attacked him early, so Samardzija switched his game plan and went soft to try to take the Mariners’ aggressivness away.
The right-hander is closing in on the halfway point of his season.
“I think there’s a lot of room to get better,” Samardzija said. “If you look at the work as a whole, it’s been some really good times and a couple rough outings. I don’t qualify myself as a first half of the season type guy anyways. I’m looking forward to the second half of the second. I like where my pitches are at. I’m being more efficient than I was early in the year.”
What about the turn back the clock uniforms from 1909?
“I think I’m undefeated in turn back uniforms going back to Notre Dame,” the former wide receiver said. “We used to pull them out all the time. It’s fun. I
wish they fit you for the uniforms before the games, that would be nice. You kind of go out there feeling like you’re wearing a bed sheet sometimes. The elastic belts don’t do so well either.”
He did wear his socks high.
“I like the high socks,” he said. “I don’t have any calves, but I don’t mind wearing them. We wear pants down because they’re so nice and great to have. Pants up are old school.”
— Carrie Muskat