MESA, Ariz. — Mark down June 15, 16, and 17 on your calender. That's when the Red Sox visit the Chicago Cubs.
Not only will the Sox see former general manager Theo Epstein wear Cubs blue and red, but they'll also see Matt Garza, the former Rays pitcher who had some choice words to say about his performance against the Sox over the last couple of years.
Asked what he recalled about Epstein's tenure with Boston, Garza said, "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."
For the record, Garza is 7-4 with a 3.63 ERA in his career against the Red Sox, and 5-4 with a 3.97 ERA in those three years (2008-2010) with the Rays. His greatest achievements against Boston came in the 2008 ALCS, which Tampa Bay won in seven games over the Sox. In that series, Garza went 2-0, allowing two runs in 13 innings. He earned the wins in Game 3 and Game 7.
Garza, whose name came up in the yet-to-be-completed compensation talks between the Cubs and Sox for Epstein, said he too would have asked for the best from Chicago.
"He won two World Series over there in eight, nine years," Garza said. "Why not go after a starter where they lacked depth and/or go after cash or a guy who's 21 and already an All-Star, premier prospect in [Brett] Jackson.
"Why not? Why not see what you can get? I would have. I would have asked for the farm, say 'I want this guy, this guy, this guy,' just see what they can grab."