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A’s fan has a helluva time trying to spell Jeff Samardzija’s name, gives up (video)


The Oakland Athletics bolstered the team’s starting rotation tremendously over the weekend by acquiring right-hander Jeff Samardzija from the Chicago Cubs in a move announced on Saturday.

Along with Samardzija, the A’s received Jason Hammel in exchange for 2012 first-round pick Addison Russell, 2013 first-round pick Billy McKinney, pitcher Dan Straily and a player to be named later.

A’s fans had their first opportunity to see Samardzija pitch in an Athletics uniform for the first time on Sunday as the home team squared off against the Toronto Blue Jays on a sunny day at Coliseum.

And while Samardzija’s outing was indeed impressive, going seven innings while allowing only four hits while striking out five in Oakland’s 4-2 win.

On the other hand, a fan’s humorous, presumably tongue-in-cheek efforts to spell Samardzija’s was not so impressive. A banner draped over a railing showed the understandably futile attempts by a fan to spell the head-scratcher of a surname.

Ultimately, the fan gave up and simply referred to the pitcher by his nickname, “Shark.” Good call.

A little research indicates that Samardzija is of Serbian ethnicity. Not sure how that would come into play, say, in a spelling bee competition, but it sure makes it tough to spell for the average — or even above-average — speller. Oh well.