So now that some of the Cubs key prospects are getting their chances to shine at the Friendly Confines, it’s time for the, “I told you so” segment of our show.
I’m going to start by saying that I had no idea these kids, Javier Baez, Jorge Soler, Arismendy Alcantara, Kyle Hendricks were going to be this good. No idea!
The problem with us Cubs fans is we get set up for disappointment far too much. A hundred and six year absence from holding a championship does those things to you.
All the scouts can say, “I knew this kid was awesome since the day he was pooping home runs in his Pampers” but the truth is nobody knows how great a prospect is until they hit the fields and swing at the first pitches.
“He was impressive from a baseball standpoint, a tools standpoint,” Special Assistant Louie Eljaua said of Jorge Soler. “We see all kinds of players, all shapes and sizes, but when you see a kid that physically impressive and strong with the tools, it gets your attention. He played third base at the time. When we were scouting him in the Dominican, we let him take ground balls at third because it was his favorite position at the time.”
Louie might be an expert in his position, but truthfully when he wakes up in the morning makes his way to the bathroom and before he slaps on the Barbasol, two things go through his mind:
1. I still have a job.
2. Let’s play two.
That’s about it. You see, as Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid scribe William Goldman said, “Nobody Knows Anything” There couldn’t be a more truer statement in film, life and heck, baseball.
It’s a tough world that we live in, check your IPad for the latest headlines and you’ll see, but if you read between the headlines there’s another story going on. Last week, we were watching a game on tv and my son was playing in the kitchen. He heard that familiar opening, ‘Take Me Out To The—” Shoot, I don’t have to spell it out for you but my son came running into the living room and put his arm around my shoulder and we sang the rest. He’s a few weeks from four years old, folks. There’s no cynicism when he yells out, “Let’s get some runs, Cubbies” there’s only belief that the mighty Chicago Cubs is his team and they’re champions.
For the rest of us, “Someday We’ll Go All The Way.