7/6 Samardzija’s reax to All-Star selection
Jeff Samardzija accepted the news about being named to the NL All-Star team but not being able to pitch because he was traded Friday to the Athletics in the American League.
“Random happening,” Samardzija told reporters in Oakland after picking up a win in his first start Sunday. “I don’t think it’s ever happened before, and I don’t think anyone knew I was going to be an All-Star before the trade. It just happened to be that way. I won’t get to pitch, which is a bummer, but that’s all right. I’ll just go through the ceremony and then jump over to the AL dugout with an NL jersey on and have fun with the six other guys we have over there.
“You care about putting a whole season together, but this means you got off to a good start, your first few months went well. Most importantly, it’s respect from your fellow players. That feels good. It means they’re noticing what you’re doing and they respect it, and that means a lot.”
Samardzija was selected to the NL team by the players’ votes.
— Carrie Muskat