Matt Garza Says He Doesn’t Need Another Rehab Start and Other Bullets

matt garza chinYou’d think, with a two-month-old and a two-year-old, any sleep deprivation you suffer would come largely at the hands of the infant. No so for us this week, as The Little Girl is transitioning off of her pacifier at night. The volume and length of rage she can summon, together with attempts at manipulation (“I want to snuggle with you, Daddy”), is truly amazing. I couldn’t kick and scream for three straight hours if there was a free car on the other end of it for me. But so it is with a strong-willed child, and I am running on fumes at this point.

  • The Mayor’s proposal for a publicly-funded arena for (private university) DePaul comes as part of a grander plan for the redevelopment of McCormick Place and Navy Pier downtown, according to the formal announcement yesterday. The arena will essentially serve as a convention center, also, with hotels nearby and a grand redevelopment plan. I won’t pretend to be informed enough to evaluate that plan (the details of which you can see at that link), but I did enjoy this quote from University of Chicago economist Allen Sanderson to the Tribune: “The Chicago Cubs are the only game in town that actually has significant economic impact on the city. If Rahm Emanuel wants to spend $100 million to stimulate economic development and tax revenues, he ought to just give it to the Cubs.” Er herm.
  • After his start last night for Iowa, Matt Garza told the Des Moines Register, “I don’t need another one here. [The Cubs] might differ on opinion, but I think all in all, it comes down to what I want and the way I feel. The organization – they’re going to make the call at the end of the day but I think we’re going to collaborate and come to some sort of compromise.” In other words, if Garza gets his way, we’ll see him starting in Pittsburgh next week. If not, he’ll get one more rehab start. Even though everyone in attendance yesterday said Garza definitely looked ready, I could still understand one more rehab start. With a high energy guy like Garza, there’s always going to be an extra bit of adrenaline for the first start of the season in the bigs, and any additional arm strength you can get him before that moment (there’s a reason his lat strain came in his first time facing batters this Spring, rather than any of the other many, many times he threw) is a good thing. All in all, though, I think I’d like to see him back next week.
  • Anthony Rizzo is ready to be the face of the Cubs, and to handle the various pressures that come along with a big contract and a team with a desperate fan base.
  • Sci-fi writer John Scalzi on the cosmic importance of the Chicago Cubs: “The Cubs have a huge existential responsibility to not only Chicago, but basically the world, to be effectively the losers. We need to have a team that has the courage and fortitude not to win, to be the people who are an example of striving and reaching and going and failing, but still continuing to do it.” You’re, uh, welcome?
  • Jesse Rogers with a fun interview of David DeJesus, who actually answers the dreaded “who’s your celebrity crush, after your wife” question. (Adriana Lima, by the way. “She’d be all right,” DeJesus said. The real question is how many of you would answer that question with his wife? She’s quite lovely … )
  • A deep profile on Kevin Gregg, whose current nickname with the Cubs is “Kevin Gregg Maddux.”
  • If it weren’t the Cubs versus the Cardinals, I don’t think I’d be writing about an ESPN-orchestrated “uniform battle” competition (remember when SportsCenter spent weeks on “Who’s Next?”), but, voting ends at 9am CT this morning, and the Cubs really need to beat the Cardinals.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

54 responses to “Matt Garza Says He Doesn’t Need Another Rehab Start and Other Bullets”

  1. Die hard

    He’s own worse enemy which is why he should be cut loose to other team at first offer– a major league head case as was that pitcher Paul I told you about who hypnotized self

  2. Rice Cube

    “Sci-fi writer John Scalzi on the cosmic importance of the Chicago Cubs: ”The Cubs have a huge existential responsibility to not only Chicago, but basically the world, to be effectively the losers. We need to have a team that has the courage and fortitude not to win, to be the people who are an example of striving and reaching and going and failing, but still continuing to do it.” You’re, uh, welcome?”

    So…when the Cubs do win, it’ll be like dividing by zero?

  3. EQ76

    …”Kevin Gregg, whose current nickname with the Cubs is “Kevin Gregg Maddux.”…

    I’d have gone with “Old Gregg” (for anyone out there who gets that)

    1. BT

      Mighty Boosh?

      1. Feeney

        Oh great. Thanks guys. Now I’m gonna be watching crimping videos on youtube all day.

      2. EQ76

        yep

        1. pete

          Now I know why my screen emitted light and I became strangely hypnotized when I logged on.

    2. Tim

      Do you like Bailey’s?

      1. EQ76

        creamy, salty, creamy, beige

    3. K Rock

      Old Greg reference just made my morning! hahaha

      1. EQ76

        you fuzzy little man peach!

    4. Ryan

      Do ya like watercolors?

    5. cas-castro

      he could also resemble the current greg maddux with the 3 chins in about 10 years…

  4. BluBlud

    If Garza is ready, then let him pitch in the Bigs in his next start. Right now is the perfect time. With the off day yesterday, and one coming Monday, the Cubs have the flexability to use Villanueva out of the pen as early as today, giving us a 8 man pen for a few days, and not screw up the rotation. Villanueva is scheduled to start Teusday, but with the off days, Shark can go Tuesday, allowing Garza to start Wednesday. Activate Garza on that and then send one of the BP arms down wednesday morning. It also puts our 2 best pitchers pitching on back to back days.

    This is the perfect Scenario for the Cubs.

  5. Cubbie Blues

    Take a nap Brett. If anything news worthy happens we will let you know on Twitter.

    (too soon?)

    1. Jp3

      Aww Cubbie Blues, your next one of those will result in the loss of a point😝

    2. cjdubbya

      Well played.

    3. PKJ

      Hahahaha!

    4. Gretchen

      Definitely not too soon ;) The Wife appreciates your humor, and that’s what matters.

    5. Kyle

      Hahahaha.

  6. ichabod

    i appreciate what gregg has done this year, but come on.

  7. JB88

    I can commiserate with you on the toddler wake-ups. My daughter, now four, for the better part of a year, has been coming into our room on random nights waking us up for any assortment of BS reasons. My son, now two, sleeps through the night like a champ. Go figure.

    1. Gretchen

      So you’re telling us that there’s hope for the second one?
      :)

      The Wife

      1. MichiganGoat

        Gretchen & Brett best of luck with the pacifier detox I am lucky cause neither of my kids took to them, but I’ve heard stories- THE HORROR THE HORROR.

  8. Werner

    Oh the pacificer detox. I remember it well. Or I have happily supressed the truly horrible aspects and just remember the endless and forever tossing the house upside down to find one when we weren’t strong enough, which was like every time.

    1. Gretchen

      Detox is — based on my many middle-of-the-night hours of watching Intervention On Demand — the nearly perfect word for it. All of it.

      The Wife

  9. auggie1955

    Even though I’m a die-hard Cubs fan, there’s no way the Cubs uniform beats the Cardinals uni. I hate the Crawling Bear armpartch that Andy MacPhail decided to adopt to sell more uniforms and tshirts. The Cubbie Bears from the 84 or 69 teams were much better.

    The Cardinal uniforms are classics and they don’t have to be changed to sell.

  10. Stevie B

    Oh my….I just saw Vizciano walk into a prosthetic business her in Cicero…wearing a heavy coast….

  11. cubzforlife

    On Kaplans show last night around 9:15 he was asked by his partner Brian about the Marmol tweet incident. He got really pissed and I have to paraphrase ” they are sleazy scumbags when these things get reported. What was the blog? Wait I don’t want to know. This never should of been a story”. I like Kaplan but didn’t care for his knee jerk reaction. And truth be told I get more usefull information from BN.

  12. hansman1982

    “The Chicago Cubs are the only game in town that actually has significant economic impact on the city. If Rahm Emanuel wants to spend $100 million to stimulate economic development and tax revenues, he ought to just give it to the Cubs.” ”

    If I remember correctly, it’s the third largest tourist draw in Chicago after Navy Pier and roughly equal with Millenium Park.

    “(Adriana Lima, by the way. “She’d be all right,” DeJesus said. The real question is how many of you would answer that question with his wife? She’s quite lovely … )”

    David DeJesus is my new favorite Cub…

    1. ssckelley

      If the Cubs truly are the #1 tourist attraction for the City then the Mayor is doing exactly what the city needs, he is anyway. Chicago is going to have the best of both worlds, a revamped downtown and Wrigley Field. Both will help the city generate more revenue to pay for everything else they need.

  13. DocPeterWimsey

    heh, and now you know why my wife and I stopped at one! (He is 5 and he still doesn’t sleep well!)

  14. Alex

    Hahaha “she’s quite lovely” yes she is.

  15. Mush

    I am predicting Camp gets DFA’d when Garza comes back next week. Anyone else agree?

    1. cms0101

      That would be my choice too, but they love them some Camp. After saving the bullpen in the early part of last year, his performance started to dip in the second half. I was surprised that they brought him back in the first place. It doesn’t appear that they’ll be able to flip him for a bag of balls at this point, so I would pull the plug on him for Garza over moving one of the other arms that are performing better out.

  16. Njriv

    Kim DeJesus replied to me over twitter yesterday, that was pretty exciting.

    1. Njriv

      AND she favorited my tweet…so yeah it’s kind of serious.

  17. curt

    Rahm = hypocrite, where is the outrage from the taxpayers and from the self righteous governor about publicly funding a private project.

    1. Kyle

      Rahm = skilled politician who saved the city’s money for a project that wasn’t going to get done regardless, unlike the Cubs’ renovations.

      1. deej34

        Kyle = Massive Rahm supporter who blindly loves every move he makes. Also, possible employee of said mayor’s office… Evidence seems to be piling up.

        1. Kyle

          Or maybe I *am* Rahm?

          1. DarthHater

            Then you really should get out of here and do some work. :-P

        2. bbmoney

          I know I’m in the minority here, but I just don’t think the two projects are all that similar.

          One is part of a larger renovation and development project which will continue to be owned by the city and the arena portion of which will be leased (along with signage and naming rights granted) to a local (private) university.

          The other is a stadium owned by a private, for profit business, that as Kyle points out was very likely to get done without public money if the city and local boards could just get out of their own way (never a safe bet).

          I’ll state again, I’m no fan of the new project either, but it presents a lot fewer problems for me than the city providing money to the Cubs to renovate Wrigley.

          1. cms0101

            Rahm played his hand well. He strong arms the various parties trying to meddle with the Cubs ability to renovate and avoids kicking in a dollar for something that will still get done and will still have a benefit to the city. But will the DePaul arena endeavor be a revenue gain for the city? I’m not convinced the city will receive a strong return on investment. Time will tell. It was still a shrewd political juggling act, regardless of the return on the new arena.

  18. Chad

    I watched Garza live yesterday and I agree with him; he does not need a rehab start. He was throwing hard and looked comfortable. He threw one curve that was probably a strike at some point but was letter high coming in and around the ankles when the catcher caught it so it was called a ball. I was in between on how I felt about Brett Jackson. He had a nice 8-10 pitch at bat (ended in a strike out) but the ones he was fouling off he was just barely hitting. And the pitch he struck out on he asked the ump after if it would have been a strike had he not swung. So take that as you will. To take away Brett’s often used phrase “EXTREMELY small sample size” seeing as it was the only game I’ve been to so far this year.

  19. True(ly) Blue

    I’ve always thought that Chicago was a Catholic town.. When I was looking for my first house back in the ’60′s homes were noted as being St. So & So parish rather than in townships. Even though Mayor E. is Jewish he does know his constituency. He’ll get a little heat but the heat will pass and so will the DePaul stadium. It is hypocritical however.

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