There's definitely still some bad blood between former Ray Matt Garza and the Boston Red Sox.
For whatever reason, someone at Cubs camp decided to ask Matt Garza what he remembered about Theo's tenure as GM of the Sox. And, well, the Globe's Amalie Benjamin is reporting that Garza provided this response:
"That I was able to kick the crap out of them every year, year in and year out, for the last three seasons. That's what I remember."
Touché, Matt. That's pretty much what I remember too...
Despite the Sox knocking Garza around a bit in 2010 (5.14 ERA, .286 BAA), in 2009 Garza held the Sox to 13 runs over 42.2 innings with 38 K's. Garza also beat the Sox twice in the 2008 ALCS, winning the crucial game 7. Overall, he's 7-4 with a 3.63 ERA against Boston. Which is why we couldn't have been happier to see him traded out of the AL East last offseason.
Other than the fact that it's fun to see a little passion in the early stages of Spring Training, this could come into play when if Selig ever decides on the proper compensation for Theo's departure. While I seriously doubt that Garza is the guy the Cubs are going to have to part with, it's worth noting that they've just recently pulled him off the trading block.
But if we do luck ourselves into Garza, a pitcher with not only some fire and a bit of an attitude, but some actual talent, may not be the worst thing to have in the clubhouse. At least we'll have something to talk about other than fake and half-hearted apologies over something that happened half a year ago.