Alfonso Soriano has the power to take over a game or a series all by himself.
If he gets hot like only he can, he literally becomes the wild card in a deck that doesn't have any.
He leads off for the Cubs, and if he does so with a homer it ruins the opposing pitcher.
He'll be thinking about the mistake he made all the way up until the next time Alfonso comes up.
And if Alfonso simply gets on, he's crazy and fearless on the basepath so now the pitcher's got to worry if he's gonna run or keep running.
We'll all be a little worried about the colder weather and his legs, of course.
But I just cannot wait for the first pitch in this Dodger series.
As Harry Caray once said, "It might be. I could be. It..."
How did this happen?
One minute we had just another Cub catcher behind the plate.
You know that guy - can't hit, doesn't have an arm, but "handles the pitchers very well".
Then out of nowhere came Geovany Soto.
The starting catcher for the NL in the 2008 All-Star game, surely the 2008 Rookie of the Year, and the Cubs' stud pup.
Unafraid, unimpressed, and unlike any rookie I've seen in a Cub uniform.
He handles Big Z, Rich Harden, the press, his expectations, pressure... all like he's been doing it for years.
He's got 23 homers, 86 RBIs, a .285 batting average, a cannon, and nothing gets by him when he's behind the plate.
They say the Cubs have no mvp's.
I think they have about 6, and Geo may just be the top one.