Jeff Samardzija: San Francisco Giants Starting Pitcher Snaps Bat Over Knee Following Strikeout

By Dave Martin, Epoch Times
May 4, 2016 1:16 pm Last Updated: May 5, 2016 10:18 am

San Francisco Giants pitcher, and former Notre Dame wide receiver, Jeff Samardzija pulled a Bo Jackson—another former football/baseball star—and broke his bat over his knee after striking out on May 3.

The 6-foot-5-inch, 225-pound Samardzija struck out in the top of the eighth inning of Tuesday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds, which led to him taking out his frustrations out on his poor bat. Fortunately, the Giants won the game, 3–1, and Samardzija allowed one run and struck out nine in eight innings.

Samardzija, who signed a five-year $90 million contract with San Francisco in the offseason, is 4–1 with a 3.32 ERA in six starts this season. A former All-Star with the Cubs in 2014, Samardzija starred for the Fighting Irish in college, posting back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons in 2005 and 2006.

Selected by the Cubs in the 5th round of 2006 MLB Draft, Samardzija played for Chicago until being dealt to Oakland in the middle of the 2014 season. He was then dealt to the Chicago White Sox after the season and struggled mightily for Robin Ventura’s crew, posting an 11–13 record with a 4.96 ERA and allowing the most hits, earned runs, and home runs in the league.

Meanwhile Jackson was a two-sport superstar for the then-Los Angeles Raiders and Kansas City Royals in the 80s and early 90s who famously broke bats over his leg and even over his head.