Yeah, I know it's old news, but...
Dallas Beeler and Arismendy Alcantara were added to the Cubs 40 man roster last week.
Alcantara is the bigger name, of course.
Here's what Baseball Perspectus (I think you have to have a subscription to read) has to say about his season: "Not only did Alcantara survive the Double-A test in 2013, he flourished—hitting .271 with 15 homers and 31 steals. On top of that, he cranked a homer off Anthony Ranaudo in the Futures Game, putting an exclamation point on a great season. Alcantara’s biggest obstacle in 2014 may be the fact that he could be competing with Javier Baez for a shot to play 2B on the North Side."
Beeler was the starter for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League championship game - went 5 innings and gave up just 2 hits and 1 run (the Surprise Saguaros won 2-0).
He was picked in the 41st round back in the 2010 First-Year player draft.
I went to the Cubs Convention last year and watched Beeler, Matt Szczur, Robert Whitenack and Tony Zych do a question/answer thing with Garry Meier.
Here, they must have had some kind of meeting with Mark Prior, and the question you hear (incompletely) is basically, what was Prior's message to you youngsters?
Kind of an expected answer.
All these kids seemed to already have been coached on how to be interviewed, and they were pretty impressive (it's not easy talking into a mic in front of a roomful of people, I promise you).
But the funny quote was one I missed with the camera.
Meier asked the guys what their goals were, and each guy came back with a very logical answer, but they were all kind of pointed at their shortcomings.
I think Szczur might have said something like, "Learn to work the count better."
The others were all pitchers so they were working on a 4th pitch, trying to gain velocity...
Stuff like that.
But Beeler goes, "I wanna be a Hall of Famer."
Totally cracked everybody up, and I'll always remember him for it if he makes it as a Cub or not.
On a personal note, I GOT A NEW GRILL!
A way-early b-day present.
Wife goes (she's all sad lookin'): "Somebody hit my car last night. Can you come look at it?"
So of course I'm all mad and throw on a jacket and mope on out to the car.
"It's the back gate." she says.
I go to the back of the car, she opens it up.
I'm looking at a new grill in the back of the minivan, but it totally doesn't register.
"Why did she open the door if there's a big dent somewhere?" is what I'm thinking.
She has to point to it and actually say, "Happy early birthday" before I get it.
Oh man I can't wait to break it in tonight.