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More big extra-curricular news for the Irish, as Jeff Samardzija was just drafted in the fifth round by the Chicago Cubs. Before we panic about the Shark jumping to the pros, keep in mind that he has asserted on countless occasions that he will continue his college football career, after which he will decide about playing pro baseball, pro football, or some combination of the two.
The Cubs now, if I'm not mistaken, have the rights to negotiate a contract with Shark for the next year. Knowing about Samardzija's multi-sport aspirations, the Tribune Co will most likely craft some sort of contract that accomondates Samardzija to pursue his future athletic endeavors, just as long as he is willing to fulfill his contractual obligations to the Cubs, which include (but are not limited to) throwing punches at crosstown rivals, rupturing shoulder ligaments during back-to-back-to-back 150 pitch-count sessions, spending three years on the DL during a series of disastrous attempts at rehab, and destroying boomboxes.
As a battle-tested Cubs fan myself, I would run for the hills if I were the Shark to avoid the career deathtrap at Addison and Sheffield, but if you can't get away, at least do us all a favor and take a dump in the locker of the oft-injured Trojan Mark Prior.