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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Fergie Jenkins still emotionally invested in Cubs, keeping an eye on Epstein

Clumsy.

Ferguson Jenkins takes a wait-and-see attitude towards Theo Epstein’s appointment as president of baseball operations of the Chicago Cubs.

...The Cubs hired Epstein in October. Jenkins is holding off on giving Epstein his full endorsement.

“I really don’t know what to take of him yet,” Jenkins said Thursday in Calgary. “I tried to get a meeting with him and he was really busy.

“He’s young. He’s never put a jockstrap on though. See that’s the thing. I tell people all the time ‘this guy reads about the game and has seen it on TV or in stadiums,’ but he’s a pretty smart individual. He knows talent and that’s what it’s all about.

“People sit back and say ‘you know he never played’ but he watches and recognizes what individuals can do what and where they can play.”

Repoz Posted: January 19, 2012 at 10:20 PM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: January 19, 2012 at 10:34 PM (#4040877)
The guy has won two world series yet people don't know what to make of him and talk about him never wearing a jockstrap.
   2. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: January 19, 2012 at 10:51 PM (#4040882)
And Fergie Jenkins never put on a gorilla mask.
   3. Dock Ellis Posted: January 19, 2012 at 10:51 PM (#4040883)
I wonder if the quote got mangled somehow because the rest of his statement seems like he's disparaging the "never wore a jockstrap" comments.
   4. valuearbitrageur Posted: January 19, 2012 at 10:59 PM (#4040888)
I'm pretty sure Theo wore a jockstrap in college, and unlike most MLB players, shows no sign of permanent retardation from it.

Still love Fergie Jenkins, whatever he meant.
   5. Dale Sams Posted: January 20, 2012 at 12:38 AM (#4040935)
Are there any Cubs left alive from their last WS team?

Jus wonderin Fergie.
   6. Howie Menckel Posted: January 20, 2012 at 01:09 AM (#4040937)
It's fun that baseball fans under age 35, unless historians, might find "modern era" stats unthinkable.

Fergie Jenkins completed 30 of 39 games in 1971, and went 24-13 with 2 no decisions and a 143 ERA+.

He won 20 games 6 consecutive years and 7 out of 8, total of 166 in that span.

30 decisions 10 times and 29 in an 11th.

That must seem weird to some fans.

Pedro Martinez career high in decisions? 27
Career CG? 46 (NOT a knock on him)

cool to have witnessed the last SP workhorse era as well as the specialization...

   7. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: January 20, 2012 at 01:11 AM (#4040938)
I wonder if the quote got mangled somehow because the rest of his statement seems like he's disparaging the "never wore a jockstrap" comments.


Yeah, the rest of the paragraph reads as if there's a missing "People say," in front of 'he's never put on a jockstrap though.'"

   8. McCoy Posted: January 20, 2012 at 01:27 AM (#4040939)
I believe I have Fergie's last year of play baseball card somewhere in storage. I think it was the 1984 or 1983 Topps.
   9. Walt Davis Posted: January 20, 2012 at 01:40 AM (#4040941)
Fergie's probably just hoping to land a contract to be in the rotation -- should still be able to outpitch Volstad.
   10. Leroy Kincaid Posted: January 20, 2012 at 07:24 AM (#4040979)
“I really don’t know what to take of him yet,” Jenkins said Thursday in Calgary. “I tried to get a meeting with him and he was really busy.

I wonder if GMs appreciate this sorta thing or just find it annoying. Is it "Oh, Fergie's on the phone? Cool! But I'm super busy right now." Or "Oh geez, I can't be bothered with that nut. Take a message."
   11. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: January 20, 2012 at 07:50 AM (#4040980)
Are there any Cubs left alive from their last WS team?

Jus wonderin Fergie.

Andy Pafko
   12. Brian C Posted: January 20, 2012 at 10:29 AM (#4041076)
I wonder if GMs appreciate this sorta thing or just find it annoying. Is it "Oh, Fergie's on the phone? Cool! But I'm super busy right now." Or "Oh geez, I can't be bothered with that nut. Take a message."

Probably depends on the sense of entitlement the ex-player projects. "This organization means a lot to me, I'd love to talk" probably goes much further than "I'm a famous ex-player, who do you think you are not consulting me?"
   13. BDC Posted: January 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM (#4041244)
Lennie Merullo is alive, too.
   14. Addison Russell T. Davies (chris h.) Posted: January 20, 2012 at 01:30 PM (#4041306)
Yeah, the rest of the paragraph reads as if there's a missing "People say," in front of 'he's never put on a jockstrap though.'"

Agreed. I started reading that and inwardly cringed at another athlete-says-you-didn't-play-the-game moment, but then he seems to point out that if he can evaluate talent, then that's what matters.

Regardless, Fergie is awesome.
   15. Spahn Insane Posted: January 20, 2012 at 01:38 PM (#4041319)
Are there any Cubs left alive from their last WS team?

Jus wonderin Fergie.


Hell, Fergie himself was only 3 at the time.
   16. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: January 20, 2012 at 02:37 PM (#4041397)
1. Fergie still works with the Cubs organization.
2. Did you know that he was the commissioner of a league? The Canadian Baseball League - lasted less than a season.
   17. cardsfanboy Posted: January 20, 2012 at 03:27 PM (#4041452)
I wonder if the quote got mangled somehow because the rest of his statement seems like he's disparaging the "never wore a jockstrap" comments.


Agreed, I came here to praise Fergie's comments on the jockstrap, the clarification portion of it after the initial comment seemed to be a positive comment, bagging on the people using the never worn a jockstrap comments.

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