CHICAGO -- Former Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol got a little satisfaction closing out his former teammates with a scoreless ninth inning in Friday's 6-2 Dodgers victory.
The appearance by Marmol was his first against the Cubs since he was traded earlier in the month after having a miserable first half. On Thursday, the Dominican native promised to try to strike out three of his former teammates in a row. "I said I was going to strike out three in a row, but I am happy to get them out and help us win," he said. "I am not going to lie to you; I was a little nervous. This is where I played my whole career, so I wanted to do well."
Marmol, who is in the last year of a three-year, $21 million contract, was greeted with a solid round of jeers by the Wrigley faithful. The fans in attendance chose to remember the pitcher's struggles over the past two seasons, rather than focus on his sustained excellence five years running.
“I expected louder boos, Marmol said. “When I was warming up in the bullpen, a lot of people were very nice and thanked me. I guess the others forgot. I know I was bad this year and they are mad at me. Nothing I can do about that.”
The 30-year-old pitcher admitted he was stung by the way fans had turned on him earlier in the season. “I am a person and it hurt," he said. "You put seven years of your life working hard to make people happy and help your team win. I don’t think I deserved that treatment."
Although Marmol said he did not have a relationship with Cubs front-office executives, he said his agent, Paul Kinzer, did have good communication with Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer.
“I think they have good people running it here, but they are going to need a lot more young players," Marmol said. “I was very happy in Chicago. The last month or so was tough, but I will always have good memories of my time here."