If at first you don't succeed in spelling Jeff "Samardzija" correctly, some fans of the Oakland Athletics figure, then try, try again. Four times, anyway. And then just go with "Shark," his nickname.
The A's already had welcomed their recent major addition a day earlier, and Samardzija pitched for the first time with his new team Sunday afternoon at the O.co Coliseum, getting off to a strong start against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Via Keith Law of ESPN, here's how Samardzija's start broke down over seven innings:
Samardzija today: 25 batters faced, 5 strikeouts, 10 groundballs, 1 popup, 1 BB, 0 HR. #besttradeevah
— keithlaw (@keithlaw) July 6, 2014
And one earned run. The A's beat the Jays 4-1 for a four-game sweep.
Not only is Samardzija's stuff tough to hit, but his last name is among the tougher to spell in the majors. Fans at the Coliseum gave it a shot, trying:
before going with
They caught it on TV, too:
Other acceptable misspellings include
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