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Garza tired of 'hoping to win'

4/26/2014

MILWAUKEE -- Former Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza couldn't help himself. Peppered with questions from Chicago reporters, he finally admitted how nice it is to be on a winning team.

"It's a lot of fun to win," he said after leading the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-2 win over the Cubs on Friday night. "When you go through three years of constantly hoping, you kind of run out of hope."

Garza, of course, is referring to his tenure with the Cubs, which ended last season when he was traded to the Texas Rangers for four young prospects. By all accounts, the Cubs won the trade, especially considering Garza left Texas as a free agent for Milwaukee, with which he signed a four-year, $50 million contract.

But that doesn't mean it wasn't the best thing to happen to him. He played for a contender in Texas the final months of 2013, and now, the Brewers are 17-6 after Friday's win. That's a far cry from the 288 losses the Cubs experienced over the previous three seasons while Garza was on the team. He was there for the beginning of the infamous rebuilding program the Cubs have undertaken.

"Every day we're going out to win," Garza said of the Brewers. "We're not going out to hope to win … It's a lot more emotion, a lot better emotion than hope. It's confidence. That's what we're playing with right now. I'm happy where I'm at."

You wonder how many current players -- perhaps Jeff Samardzija -- feel the same way. Asked if he sensed any frustration from current Cubs players, Garza responded, "I don't know, and I don't care."

His seven innings of four-hit ball did plenty more talking for Garza on Friday. But beating the Cubs didn't give him any special satisfaction.

"I've been on five different teams. If I had to get up for everybody, I'd be tired by midseason," he joked.