Derek Jeter’s retirement personal for Cubs’ Starlin CastroContinue reading.
Cubs’ Samardzija on Yankees’ Jeter, Sox’ Konerko retiring: “It’s bad for the game”
Tuesday night’s pregame moment honoring Sox first baseman Paul Konerko at Wrigley Field might have meant as much to Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija, who was asked to present Konerko with a No. 14 tile from the scoreboard.
“I jumped at the opportunity right away,” said Samardzija, whose connection with Konerko before then mostly was about the pitch in 2012 that hit Konerko in the face.
“Like I said before, when that whole thing went down when I hit him, the first thing I said was it was the worst guy it could happen to because I respect him more than anyone in the game,” said Samardzija – who then compared Konerko’s planned retirement after this season with Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter’s.
“You’re talking about losing two guys in the game like Jeter and Konerko – that’s tough,” he said. “It’s bad for the game. We love to see those guys, how long they’ve played, and we’d love to see them keep playing.
“[Konerko’s] an outstanding man, and hopefully he has a strong year to end it, and enjoys it, too.”