Former Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster has had a nice post-playing days relationship with the front office that traded him to Texas in a deal that netted the team Kyle Hendricks (remember that whole saga?). He’s helped on the baseball operations side, he’s been an analyst with a proclivity to invoke Harry Caray, and he’s also done a show at The Cubs Convention.
For now, though, the 39-year-old righty is making something of a baseball comeback – he’s a member of Canada’s World Baseball Classic roster, and will pitch later this month in the event.
As he gets himself ready to compete, he’s been in Cubs camp throwing, which is apparently how this happened (ESPN):
It’s just one swing, but that’s Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein cracking one deep (probably) the opposite way against Dempster. It had a good sound, didn’t it?
As for Epstein’s stance and swing, it wasn’t too bad. The balance was there at the point of attack, though he’s got a bit of a hitch that he’ll want to cut out if he’s going to make it in The Show. At 43, I don’t know how many years Epstein has left in the playing tank, but he might be worth a flyer on a minor league deal.
Epstein will have to talk to Epstein about that, unless Hoyer vetoes the signing.