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There’s no way today can be as crazy as yesterday, right? Here are your Dempster-free Bullets …

  • Jeff Samardzija was brilliant last night, and finished the 8th inning in a reasonable position to go for his first career shutout (and complete game) in the 9th. But a long top half of the inning led Dale Sveum to decide it would be in Jeff’s best interest to stay seated for the 9th (Carlos Marmol came in and actually looked quite sharp). Sveum had nothing but the highest praise for Samardzija after the game. “That was no doubt the best stuff [Samardzija] had,” Sveum said. “He had his two-seamer working, he kept the ball down, elevated when he wanted, obviously had his split working and he could get back in the count with his slider. It was impressive. I don’t think I’m on his Christmas list right now.” The last crack was a reference to the early removal decision, which was probably the right call, all things considered. It would be great to see Samardzija get a shutout, but not at the risk of his long-term future.
  • Samardzija was obviously upset about the decision at the time – it would be weird if he wasn’t. But, by the time the game was over, he’d cooled down. “[Sveum]‘s still on my Christmas list, just not tonight, you know,” Samardzija said. “The coach’s job is to look out for the players and the player’s job is to go out there and play the game. Obviously everybody has emotions and opinions on things and that’s just the way the game goes. Skip’s been great all year and we played a great game as a team so it’s not all about what I can do.”
  • Sveum confirmed, by the way, that, if Samardzija had been working on a no-hitter, he would have sent Samardzija back out there for the 9th regardless of the game situation. That one hit came on an Andrew McCutchen squibber to Anthony Rizzo’s right, which froze Samardzija just long enough that he was late getting to first base to cover. It wasn’t just a matter of Samardzija being thoughtless or lazy – the direction of the ball was one that would often be charged and played by the second baseman, but Rizzo is so rangy that Cubs pitchers are going to have to get used to covering first more often than they had previously. Samardzija conceded as much after the game.
  • Ok, there is technically a Dempster mention in these Bullets; it’s a quote from Samardzija about his experience with the veteran. “Me and Demp have put a lot of time into this game in the offseason, during the season,” Samardzija said, per Doug Padilla. “We’re kind of similar in a way where he throws fastball, slider, split like I do. He’s easy to watch and see how to attack these hitters and it relates to me very well. The list goes on. We can sit here all day and I can tell you what Demp has done for me. It’s good just to have that veteran mind and those veteran eyes around so that at any point in the game he can say ‘Hey, I’m seeing this, I’m seeing that.’”
  • If you liked the Cubs’ superhero dress-up day, there are a couple more coming, including NHL sweater day, and NFL day. If they don’t do a wacky, tacky tie day in September, I won’t know what to believe in.
  • Ok, technically there are two Dempster mentions in these Bullets, but nothing about the trade. His charity foundation is up for an award, and you can help the foundation win it. Details here.
  • Leroy K.

    Ah, you “Dempstered” 3 times too much. Next time better be including Delgado!!!!

  • donnie kessinger

    So… is there or is there not a Dempster trade on the table?

    • http://www.worldseriesdreaming.com dabynsky

      I think we can assume that there is a deal given the number and reputations of the people saying that there is a deal. It is pretty safe to assume that the holdup is Dempster waiving his 10-5 rights, but it would be nice for someone from the Cubs to acknowledge this. I wonder if Dempster declines, go to Atlanat pretty please Demp, if the Cubs will admit that they had a deal in place.

      • Karena

        I agree, Dempster or the Cubs need to say something. Either Dempster used his 10-5 rights and vetoed the deal or he wants a few days to consider the move.

        It’s unfortunate how the report of the deal went global, but Dempster should not hold a grudge.

      • wax_eagle

        at least one person (Rosenthal) reported that Braves were his #2 after Dodgers.

    • fromthemitten

      No but there is an offer for Dick Tidrow and that gatorade machine big z smashed up a couple years ago

      • Cubbie Blues

        You don’t offer Dick Tidrow anything. Dick Tidrow offers you. Tidrow Tuesday.

        • cjdubbya

          Very much this.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      There’s a very small chance that I’ll be writing about that soon.

      • cjdubbya

        You’ll be writing about Dick Tidrow? That would be so fitting for your 30-hour blog-a-thon. After all, it’ll be on Tidrow Tuesday.

  • Master Dan

    Dempster Dempster Dempster Dempster Dempster Dempster Dempster Dempster Dempster Dempster Dempster Dempster Dempster Dempster Dempster Dempster, Did I mention Dempster? :P

    • Master Dan

      BTW, I think it’s pretty accurate but don’t quote me, that we’re waiting on Dempster’s approval to join the Atlanta Braves.

      http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120723&content_id=35420372&vkey=news_atl&c_id=atl

      • MikeL

        I think that Dempster will eventually approve the deal, but wants to pitch one more game in a Cubs uniform (Wednesday). With the Cubs luck, he will go out and blow out his shoulder in that start….

        • Cubbie Blues

          There is no way Atlanta would want him to pitch for another club if the deal is to go through.

          • MikeL

            They wouldn’t want him to….but Dempster has the final say…..

            • Karena

              Atlanta can pull the offer

              • MikeL

                Then they pull the offer….I mean like it or not, Dempster is the one with the leverage. He is willing to let the Cubs trade him, but it is not like he was asking for a trade. I also remember reading that a reporter had said that Dempster fully expected to making his scheduled start this Wednesday.

            • Cubs Dude

              If Demp pitches again in Cubs uniform that will be complete b.s.. Sure, he earned the right for his no trade clause, but he didn’t have to say multiple times that he would accept a trade to a contendor and was willing to pitch for ANY contendor. Way too many things could go wrong if he takes the mound for the Cubs again. See Matt Garza..

            • CubFan Paul

              Dempster is more than probably demanding an extension or moving allowance if anything

  • Cubs Dude

    Dempster?

  • http://www.worldseriesdreaming.com dabynsky

    Jerry Crasnick is tweeting that this got leaked before the Cubs could talk to Dempster and that Dempster feels blindsided by this and is upset. I really hope that this doesn’t sour the deal.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      That was one of the theories yesterday. Makes some sense. Should it torpedo the deal, though?

      • MikeL

        I think the Cubs front office can explain that it was not the Cubs who leaked it, but the Braves….that nothing was finalized……and that the Cubs had evey intention of talking to him before signing on the dotted line.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          That’s what I’m sure they’re saying, and I’m sure it’s true, too. Hopefully Demp understands.

        • RoughRiider

          If Jerry Angelo was still in town I’d blame it on him.

  • Edgar

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2012/07/braves-acquire-ryan-dempster.html

    • MikeL

      Can’t say I blame the guy (even though it had been discussed for weeks, lol).

  • LWeb23

    Conspiracy theory…. Maybe the Braves WANT Dempster to pitch for the Cubs Wednesday, and beat the Wild Card leading Pirates???

    • Jack Weiland

      Whoa, that is kind of brilliant.

  • Turn Two

    Yeah, lets waste a start that could be for us, so that a really bad team can try to beat a team thats really good at home. Pittsburgh isn’t even gonna be in the race all year and Atlanta surely would trust themselves with a Dempster start more than Demp in Pitt with the Cubs.

    • LWeb23

      And whats your great explanation? I’m just throwing ideas out there, because there isn’t a person here who has a definite clue of what’s going on.

  • CBP

    If yesterday blogging was something like the 31st of July will be Brett you better start resting!! You did a great job.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Haha, thanks CBP. If the 30th/31st play out like yesterday, I’m not sure I’ll make it. I was WIPED by midnight yesterday.

  • andrew

    i thought this article was about dale pulling shark for marmol in the 9th yesterday? on that account does anyone feel that cubs are trying to audition marmol for other teams with hopes of moving him thats why dale went to marmol ??? just a though

  • Fastball

    Dempster is probably taking stock of the situation. The Braves dont appear to be in control of their MLB media guy. Do you want to work some place like that. It all seems like a bunch of Jr. High School crap to me. Braves organization has been top notch forever. In a few days this will all settle down and the business of baseball will be done. This is a classic case of getting the cart before the horse.

  • Fastball

    This Bowman character needs to send Dempster a case of real nice scotch and say i messed up and I’ m sorry. Sincere apologies still work these days.

  • cubzforlife

    Did you forget that Marmol is the closer?

  • Derrick

    If you vote for Dempster’s charity listed in that last bullet, could you do a fellow Cubs fan a solid and vote for my mom’s under “Best New Charity” in the South region before you submit? It’d only take a split second while you’re on the site. It’s the Spine Health Foundation. Thanks!

  • Katie

    Brett, you forgot to brag on yourself and mention that Anthony Giansanti confirmed via Twitter last night that he is a fan of Bleacher Nation and that you are indeed the cat’s pajamas. He also let it slip that his Bleacher Nation banana hammock donning is an integral part of his pre-game superstition.

    • Internet Random

      He also let it slip that his Bleacher Nation banana hammock donning is an integral part of his pre-game superstition.

      Mine too.

      • TWC

        Your BN BH is slipping? I’ve heard that happens with those, once the elastic wears out.

        • Katie

          You “heard” huh? You wouldn’t know from personal experience?

        • Internet Random

          The banana, not the hammock.

  • Katie

    Oh, and Anthony is one of the coolest Cubs minor leaguers. He’s rehabbing an injury sustained while in Peoria. Show him some love and follow him on twitter at @giansanity

  • Andy

    Dempster’s next scheduled start with the Cubs is Wednesday. Do you think its possible the deal would be agreed on after Wednesday so Dempster can make one last start with Chicago this season?

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