Remember Jeff Samardzija? Last time you heard from him he was being glorified on national TV along with his pals Brady Quinn and Charlie Weis. And no longer being buoyed by NBC's self-interested promotion of the Irish, his luck seems to have dried up, at least for now.
The Cubs made him a baseball-only man earlier in the year when they guaranteed him $10 million, but so far it's been an investment that has not paid dividends.
Maybe it all started off poorly when Samardzija made his season debut in April.
As Cubs prospect and former Notre Dame star receiver Jeff Samardzija warmed up for his season debut in April, the Brevard County (Fla.) Manatees blasted the USC fight song over the sound system. The Manatees' game program that night featured a full-page picture of USC Coach Pete Carroll, broadly smiling as he held aloft the crystal football symbolic of the Trojans' 2004 national championship.The season hasn't fared much better for Samardzija since then. He's started 11 games thus far into the 2007 campaign, winning none. He's carrying 5.40 ERA, with a .333 opponents' batting average and 21 strikeouts through 55 innings.
Things had to change one way or the other, and they did. The team sent him to the bullpen. At least for now Samardzija has done a little better, with two scoreless relief appearances.
Samardzija went 0-4 against the Trojans, and he's 0-5 this season. Is it the Carroll curse or Cubs curse going on here? One way or the other Samardzija will get a win this season, and the memories of a curse may be forgotten. Until then, it's got to be eating at him. Either way I guess he's got $10 million coming his way.