The Cubs, or Dale Sveum have officially named Jeff Samardzija the opening day starter for the 2013 season. Sure it’s only game one of one sixty-two, but it’s an accomplishment, especially for Samardzija, who just a couple of years ago was struggling out of the bullpen. Here is what Sveum had to say about Samardzija, “He’s a guy who players rally around because of his work ethic, his bulldog mentality when he’s on the mound,” Sveum said Sunday. “It’s a very obvious choice, really, he’s that guy — it’s game on when he’s pitching that day,” Sveum said. “The other four days, he’s a starting pitcher who doesn’t sit around for four days. He’s into every game, and picking his teammates up. He’s fallen into that leadership role as well.” Some high praise from Sveum right there, and this could be a huge year for Shark as he has the chance to take a big step forward as the ace of this Cubs staff for not only this year, but years to come, he’ll also get paid for it too as his contract needs to be extended after the year.
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