Mark Buehrle did his best trash-talking, or at least trash-texting, sending former White Sox teammate Jon Garland a warning Thursday night that the “A-lineup’’ was headed his way for the Friday showdown with the pitcher – and hell was coming with them.
Problem was Garland stuffed it down their throats.
“[Buehrle] was texting me, saying they were going to send the A squad to make a statement,’’ Garland said. “If that was the case, I think it backfired a little bit.’’
Considering Garland picked up the win, allowing just a Jermaine Dye solo home run in three innings of work, it sure did.
But Garland also spoke about a few other topics.
--The offseason trade that sent him from the White Sox to the Angels in exchange for shortstop Orlando Cabrera:
“You always have to give to receive,’’ Garland said. “To me, I was a little boggled because [Cabrera] is a free agent at the end of the year. And they had just signed Juan [Uribe] back, so I was a little boggled by that. I just looked at as the Angels wanted me more.
“When you talk about pitching and defense wins championships, I always felt that’s what you are going to stick with. To trade a pitcher, I feel like I did a pretty damn good job over there the past three or four years, putting up innings and getting out there every day and giving the team a chance. There was some shock there.’’
--Talk of a multi-year deal with the Sox last season:
“There was not one, unless there were talks between my agent [Craig Landis] and he just never brought it up,’’ Garland said. “I was kind of shocked when everybody thought, ‘He just wants to go West. That’s all he wants.’ It wasn’t the case. I was never asked, never talked to. Nobody really asked me and got the truth.’’
--Coming back to the Sox:
“Why wouldn’t I?’’ Garland said. “But I couldn’t imagine it because they had their chance. I’m not going to shy a team away because they traded me. It’s part of the game. It’s business.’’
--The Sox’ chances in 2008:
“It’s tough with the team Cleveland has right now in the Central. They brought everyone back and they are young guys. They got a taste of it and they will be more hungry this year. And what Detroit did. I mean, if you are a person who likes baseball and you don’t open your eyes and see what they did, then you are blind as a bat. It will be a rough path for them.
“And then trying to get back on track from last year. If things don’t get off to a good start out that way, they might just jump on them right away. But I wish them the best, but not too much.’’