Shaun Marcum spoke with the FAN 590′s Andrew Krystal this morning. Here are some of his thoughts from a surprisingly engaging interview. I didn’t imagine ever saying this, but kudos to Krystal for handling the talk with class.
Marcum was surprised at the trade, and sad to leave Toronto. He believes that the Jays are much closer to competing than people tend to think.
The pitcher sniffled on the phone and Krystal mistook it for emotion. It’s kind of hilarious.
Marcum heard first hand from Anthopoulos who told him over the phone. He told him it was a hard decision, but that it was a move he had to make. He goes on to praise Toronto as a city saying he loved his time here.
“You always want to face the best,” says the new Brewers pitcher on leaving the AL East for the NL Central. He’s not necessarily looking forward to hitting, but totally willing to do whatever is asked of him. Marcum says that the only difference in going to the NL is learning about new hitters and watching video on guys he hasn’t faced before.
He’ll miss the Jays organization, but he’s excited to be closer to family in Milwaukee. When he told his son about the trade, Marcum’s kidtold him that he wanted him to be a Blue Jay, not a Brewer.