One Particularly Fond Memory of Matt Garza

In 2012, I got out to my first game at Wrigley Field in early April. It was Matt Garza’s second start of the year, and it came against the Brewers and Zack Greinke. The Cubs’ bats slapped Greinke silly, staking Garza to a huge lead. I had a really good time.

By the time the 9th rolled around, Garza was working on a shutout. With two outs, and a grounder right back two him, all he had to do to complete the shutout was toss the ball gently to first.

But you know what happened

Because the Cubs went on to win 8-0, even after Garza was subsequently pulled, and because I’d like to think that Garza takes the memory in stride, I can’t help but smile when I see that GIF. Over and over and over.

Garza’s time with the Cubs was full of good memories. He was brilliant in 2011. He was always ready with shaving cream. He was always on the top step cheering his teammates on. He was always ready with a good quote – pitching on the moon in cat’s pajamas, or some such thing. Garza made the game fun, and I’m going to miss that.

And, yeah, that includes his struggles in making the simple throw to first base. Because even those memories are now fond ones.

May Garza pitch well for the Rangers this year, and may his throws on comebackers always reach the first baseman.

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

56 responses to “One Particularly Fond Memory of Matt Garza”

  1. Duffy

    poetic

  2. MoneyBoy

    Hey, he’s in Texas now … let his damn throws go anywhere *but* 1st base, especially if he pitches against the Cubs.

    Hey Matt!! ALL throws must be perfect against St. Louis!!

    Good luck 22 !!!!

  3. Fishin Phil

    I agree that Garza made the game fun, and I do wish him well.

    However, this statement: “May Garza pitch well for the Rangers this year, and may his throws on comebackers always reach the first baseman. ” would take much of the fun away.

    Good luck Matt!

  4. SirCub

    Here here. He’ll definitely be one that I root for come October.

  5. Chef

    And may he resign with the Cubs in the offseason.

    1. MichiganGoat

      Okay lets not get that hope in our head because its not going to happen. Its possible that Garza already has an offer on the table from Texas (which would explain the nice return) and if he’s not signing with Texas he isn’t going to sign with the Cubs. They could come to terms on an extension and I doubt they will be in talks in the off season.

    2. willis

      People really need to put this away, far away. The cubs won’t come close to what he wants/market value. Hell if they wouldn’t go 5/75 now for the extension, they won’t even sniff what the open market will bring.

      It’s not a realistic possibility unless this FO completely switches gears

      1. Chef

        As a lifelong Cubs fan, I only dabble in realism.

  6. fresno cub fan

    Great gif!
    As a long long time Cub fan (over 50 years) and a long time Fresno State fan (over 20 years) I enjoy watching it tremendously. I have been up and down emotionally over the last 20 hours regarding “the Trade”! I watched and cheered for Matt Garza as a college pitcher — as well as many other Bulldog players who have made it to the majors. Matt was always loved by his teammates and the fans. He is a great competitor and is just a great guy…the Cat’s Pajamas! He will be really missed by the north side of Chicago.

  7. Tommy

    I sat next to the dugout one time, and while turning my head and rolling my eyes at the playing of “YMCA,” I happened to notice something weird from the top step of the Cubs dugout. Yes, it was Matt Garza doing the YMCA, pointing, arms in the air and all.

  8. Grn Mtn Cub

    I believe Matt was a “class act” who only wanted the best for Cub fans, his teammates, the FO and the City of Chicago. It will be be hard to replace (try) that energy and dedication. The bottom line, sorry to say, is the bottom line.

  9. Garrett

    Do you believe the Cubs will have interest in signing Garza long-term in the off season if Texas doesn’t do so?

    1. MichiganGoat

      NO NO NO NO… If we wanted him we would’ve extended him

      1. ETS

        There’s a flaw in that logic.

        1. FullCountTommy

          It’s not as straight forward as that, but on the open market, I can see Garza commanding somewhere right in the middle of what Anibal Sanchez got and what Zack Greinke got, which I don’t see the Cubs ponying up.

          1. MichiganGoat

            First these dreams of trade a guy for a haul and then sign him in free agency just don’t happen and second what Garza is demanding the Cubs aren’t offereing… hence the trade. He will hit Free Agency or sign an extension with Texas (which I think is closer to happening than we think… hence the nice return)

            The only way senario that works is if he becomes seriously injured and needs a prove it type contract. Then maybe he come back to the Cubs.

            1. FullCountTommy

              I agree I don’t think he’s coming back, just trying to point out it’s not just because they don’t want him

              1. MichiganGoat

                Okay to clarify “They don’t want him for what he wants to get paid” of course anybody wants anybody for the right price.

                1. FullCountTommy

                  I think we’re just nitpicking each other’s arguments here as we are definitely on the same page.

                  1. MichiganGoat

                    agreed

          2. Edwin

            I’d guess Garza gets less than what Sanchez got. Garza hasn’t been as good as Sanchez, he has more injury concerns than Sanchez, and he’ll be a year older than Sanchez was when Sachez signed. I think he’ll get something a little bit better than what Edwin Jackson got.

            1. King Jeff

              Garza doesn’t have near the injury history that Sanchez does. I think Sanchez has had elbow surgery, and few shoulder surgeries. He didn’t make it through a full season until 2009, and he was hurt again this year. Garza, aside from the last two years, has a pretty good track record.

              1. JB88

                He also has a superior track record of success compared to Sanchez at the same point last year. There were many that were questioning whether Sanchez was merely a 4. I don’t think even Garza’s staunchest critics would say that about him.

                If Garza were healthy this entire year, I wouldn’t have been surprised to see him pushing close to $100M on his FA contract (given his success and the dearth of FAs available). He may still get something close to that range (due to the lack of high-quality available starting pitchers who have no draft-pick comp tied to them).

              2. Edwin

                Sanchez made 32, 32, and 31 starts in the prior 3 seasons leading up to his FA deal. So at least he had a somewhat healthy track record going into the his FA deal. Garza is coming off of two injuries in 2012 and then spring training 2013.

                I think if you were looking at Matt Garza this offseason compared to Anibal Sanchez last offseason, you’d be more concerned with Garza’s injuries than with Sanchez’s.

        2. hansman1982

          If they feel the probable difference in FA and extension contracts will be more than offset by the value received in the trade.

  10. forlines

    I usually don’t root for teams from Texas, but just like last year when Dempster was there, I want them to make a deep run into the playoffs. An ALCS loss to the A’s would be the best outcome IMO. Can’t honestly root for them to win it all.

  11. Funn Dave

    Question for Darth Hater: Since Olt has vision problems, should we try blindfolding him and letting the Force guide his bat? Does he have a high enough midi-cholorian count to make it feasible?

    1. DarthHater

      I don’t go for that Obi-wan blindfold crap. Just point the Death Star at the pitcher and tell him to throw something hittable.

      1. Funn Dave

        Now that’s the kind of strict discipline these prospects need. Do or die–literally!

  12. Edward Gomez

    To one heck of a competitor and now former Cub, go get em in Texas! Thanks for the memories! Once a Cub always a Cub! My favorite memory, a couple of weeks ago walking from the bullpen to the dugout (along with his coaches) during the Cubs/Sox game at the cell. #badass.

  13. The ambiguously Gay duo Theo&Jed

    What a cheap front office….signs of things to come no talent on the field and raising prices for the jumbotron and hotel….max profit and no good team in sight thanks ricketts and theo

    1. waittilthisyear

      ~sigh~

    2. FullCountTommy

      Can we put this on the Facebook Cubs twitter account??

      1. The ambiguously Gay duo Theo&Jed

        Yes

    3. DFost

      I disagree. The good team may be a little further away than 2014 like we all hoped, but I think you need to put aside your (assumed) grudge against Theo/Jed and look at this from a prospect point of view. Garza wasn’t going to give us a discount, there is no need to pay a pitcher 17 million/yr for 5 years when we will only be making deep playoff runs for three of those and statistics show that pitchers begin to decline after 33 (which Garza will be after 2 years of said 5/yr deal). This was a smart trade, now we just have to hope that the prospects pan out to make it a good trade.

      1. BT

        You are trying to seriously respond to a poster named “The ambiguously Gay duo Theo&Jed”? You don’t think this particular post may bring an agenda to his/her posts, do you?

        1. MichiganGoat

          its a returned troll under another name

        2. On The Farm

          I personally like the bromance Theo and Jed share, and their mancrush on Rizzo. Just sayin’

      2. The ambiguously Gay duo Theo&Jed

        5-75mil was a huge discount…..he will get 5-90to100 mil on the open market

    4. mdavis

      love a good uninformed troll ^^^

      1. The ambiguously Gay duo Theo&Jed

        Your mothers a troll

        1. On The Farm

          Hey she’s a nice lady!

        2. MichiganGoat

          Oh Brett… its time
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          1. MichiganGoat

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        3. hansman1982

          Let’s leave the mother’s out of it.

    5. MichiganGoat

      These comments reak of someone who was recently banned… who could it be?

      1. lukers63

        Could it be someone who likes to report “breaking news”….

  14. Kevin F.

    Heard an interview with BB on The Score this morning. Seems as though much of the clubhouse, and perhaps some in management, won’t miss Garza. BB felt he was a little too much of a loose cannon/clown. I know, it doesn’t matter if he pitches well, but Brenly also pointed out that you usually didn’t know which Matt Garza you were getting from start to start.

  15. Edwin

    It seems like it was only April when fans were complaining that Matt Garza was a jerk for not being able to pitch for the Cubs soon enough. Ahhh Chicago Fandom, she’s a fickle mistress.

  16. zach

    “juuust a bit outside”

  17. Rebuilding

    I guess Brenly was cracking on Garza a bit last night during the Dbacks broadcast. I didn’t hear it, but I guess it had to do with how slow he works on the mound and how all of the pie stuff was clownish

    1. CubFanBob

      Brenly sounds bitter

      1. Kevin F.

        … or correct….

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