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Matt Garza on playing the Cubs: “I’m going to try to kick their teeth in”

Mar 14, 2014, 8:10 PM EST

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Matt Garza has some fightin’ words for his former team. The right-hander doesn’t have any real grudge against the Cubs, as he previously stated that he enjoyed playing in Chicago, but vowed to try to “kick their teeth in” every time he’s on the hill for the Brewers against them.

Via Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times:

“And I wish them the best,” he said. “But I like where I’m at, and I’m going to try to kick their teeth in every time I get a chance.”

Nothing personal. Mostly.

Garza has only made three starts against former teams. He handled the Twins well, but was shelled by the Rays.

  • vs. Twins (2 starts): 14.0 IP, 4 ER, 15 K, 4 BB, 2 HR
  • vs. Rays (1 start): 4.1 IP, 6 ER, 3 K, 2 BB, 1 HR

As Cubs are an NL Central rival, Garza should make two or three starts against them by the end of the regular season.

The Brewers signed Garza to a four-year, $50 million contract at the end of January. In two and a half seasons with the Cubs and a half-season with the Rangers, Garza posted an aggregate 3.62 ERA with 429 strikeouts in 457 innings. Now 30 years old, the Brewers are hoping Garza can continue pitching well — he has posted an ERA of 3.95 or lower in every single one of his full seasons in the big leagues.

  1. ggallin4evr - Mar 14, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    The second coming of Rich Yett.

  2. realgone2 - Mar 14, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Speaking of kicking teeth in.

    • infieldhit - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:49 PM

      I’m sure this is available on the WWE Network. If only they’d explain a little more often how one can get it…

      • realgone2 - Mar 15, 2014 at 9:55 AM

        HAHAHAH!!

  3. happytwinsfan - Mar 14, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    that macho gaze in the pic looks like a posturing little boy. his little boy blah blah quote reinforces that. i’m glad he turned down the offer the twins made to him. i don’t care how he pitches we don’t need him around here.

  4. 1harrypairatesties - Mar 14, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Nobody here in Chicago has ever given this guy any reason to want to do horrible things to our teeth. Not the Cubs front office, not the fans, nobody. Why Garza? Why??

    • infieldhit - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:51 PM

      Sounds like Matt could use another vacation.

  5. gibbyfan - Mar 14, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Stay classy Matt

  6. drunkhistorian - Mar 14, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Hopefully the Cubs have learned then just to drop bunt after bunt after bunt since Garza completely lacks the ability to throw to first base.

  7. illuminancer - Mar 14, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    So glad the GIants didn’t chase this misogynistic tool.

  8. shaggytoodle - Mar 14, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Well as a Brewers fan I want to see the Cubs get whooped, but if Garza is pitching like he has been, the Cubs won’t be the ones getting their teeth kicked in.

  9. 84cubs - Mar 14, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Lighten up Francis !

  10. tfbuckfutter - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Whoa.

    Settle down there Garza.

    It’s not like they didn’t have dinner on the table when you got home.

  11. Dogsweat - Mar 15, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    The Cubbie – Brewer hatred is heating up.

    • strictlythedanks - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:31 AM

      I smell a curb stomping a brewin

  12. drewnichols81 - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:19 AM

    Id sign with the Cubs, its a great way to get October off

  13. shutdownespn - Mar 15, 2014 at 5:18 AM

    Can anybody say “small penis”?

    • karlkolchak - Mar 15, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      Why, is that your nickname?

  14. dillongeeescapeplan - Mar 15, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Garza’s an epic douche. Not only does he look like one, but he sure acts like one too.

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on-baseball/23001687/matt-garza-goes-on-twitter-tirade-against-eric-and-kaycee-sogard

    • karlkolchak - Mar 15, 2014 at 12:22 PM

      First lesson of talking smack: you should have the game to back it up. Garza’s an okay pitcher, but but doesn’t have the kind of shut down stuff where he has any business giving a division rival bulletin board fodder.

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