Dan Dakich is best known as an ESPN college hoops analyst, but occasionally he dabbles in other things, like breaking MLB news. Saturday Dakich scooped everyone by announcing on-air during an Indiana-Notre Dame game that the Cubs had re-signed pitcher Jeff Samardzija for $55 million. Take that Jayson Stark!
The report sent baseball insiders scrambling for their cell phones. Sources were contacted. Heated conversations ensued. And when the dust had settled?
Pretty much everyone in the legit baseball reporting world had come to the conclusion that Dan Dakich is full of beans.
The Samardzija re-signing report has now been pretty definitively shot down. So where did Dakich get the information from? It’s hard to say.
Dakich probably knows some people from Notre Dame, being an Indiana guy. Samardzija went to Notre Dame. Maybe some guy Dakich knows at Notre Dame fed him a piece of information. And Dakich decided to run with it.
Or maybe Dakich is drunk. Or perhaps all those years hanging out with Bobby Knight destroyed his sense of reality.
Whatever might be going on with Dakich’s brain cells, it’s fairly obvious that Dakich has no idea what he’s talking about when it comes to offseason baseball news. So we should probably pay zero attention to him from now on when he talks baseball.
Actually, let’s pay zero attention to Dakich all the time. Yeah. Better.