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Jeff Samardzija clears up 'dumped girlfriend' story

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08:59 AM ET 03.23 | Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija's love life is something he'd just as soon keep to himself. But Samardzija was forced to clarify a story told by president Theo Epstein that he got rid of a girlfriend in order to commit to making the Cubs' rotation. According to the article on Epstein by sportswriter Joe Posnanski, Samardzija's first meeting with manager Dale Sveum included the pitcher's comment: "I just want you to know one thing about me. I will do whatever it takes to help this team. And I think the best way to help this team is by being a starting pitcher. I'm eliminating everything in my life that gets in the way. I'm dumping my girlfriend. I'm moving to Arizona. I just want the chance to show you that I'm a starting pitcher." Asked on Friday if he truly dumped his girlfriend for a shot at the rotation, Samardzija hedged. So Epstein's anecdote may have been embellished a bit? "It was a little bit true, to tell the truth, because I had broken up with my girlfriend about six or seven months before that (meeting)," he said. "A little different (than what Epstein said), but like I said, I just really wanted him to know and the staff know that I was all in with this team. I wasn't going to have any distraction on the outside, and I was committed to being the guy they needed me to be for this team."

Chicago Tribune

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March 23, 2013  09:21 AM ET

Breaking up with the internet (H)oes doesn't count

March 23, 2013  09:33 AM ET

Ironic, he is dumping her because he wants to make a commitment. Very nice.

March 23, 2013  10:39 AM ET

She actually passed away from leukemia after suffering a life-threatening car crash.

March 23, 2013  11:17 AM ET

Are we sure this 'girlfriend' ever existed? I mean he is a former Notre Dame athlete and all.........

March 23, 2013  11:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Ironic, he is dumping her because he wants to make a commitment. Very nice.

but he also stated,,he broke up about six months ago with the girlfriend,,,
this separation did benefit the pitcher without a question though,,

March 23, 2013  11:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

She actually passed away from leukemia after suffering a life-threatening car crash.

this type of comments are a little too harsh,,,

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March 23, 2013  01:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Who gives a ****?

Inquiring minds need to know.

March 23, 2013  01:13 PM ET

What is it with the these Notre Dame guys with imaginary girlfriends?

March 23, 2013  01:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

this type of comments are a little too harsh,,,

Really? Do I even have to ask if you knew I was talking about Teo's made up girlfriend and the story of her death?

March 23, 2013  02:10 PM ET

really? whats up ND and complete BS? Sounds like the cubbies

March 23, 2013  02:28 PM ET

did he recently watch "Rocky"? "Rock, women weaken legs"

March 23, 2013  02:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Ironic, he is dumping her because he wants to make a commitment. Very nice.

Ironic isn't it LOL

March 23, 2013  03:01 PM ET

Why would he even mention a girlfriend?....... having one or not having one, is not a committment to the sport indicator.

March 23, 2013  03:28 PM ET

Why is this a big deal? Who cares if he dumped his girlfriend! This is not a sports story therefor this story should be in the tabloids and burned!

March 23, 2013  03:49 PM ET

Its only a story because the GM made it a story. should have kept that part to himself

March 23, 2013  03:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Are we sure this 'girlfriend' ever existed? I mean he is a former Notre Dame athlete and all.........

Actually same girl

 
March 24, 2013  09:50 AM ET

Now Jeff you can sleep with a Cubby Bear and a baseball and dream of pitching the seventh game of the World Series for the Cubs and winning it.

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