Well, I knew it and you knew it.
There wasn't room, so...
Soler was traded for Kansas City closer Wade Davis today.
The Cubs won the World Series and I guess this kind of trade is going to feel normal, or maybe it already does.
But I look at Jorge Soler and think damn, this guy has more potential than Corey Patterson, Tyler Colvin, Brett Jackson and Felix Pie combined.
The size of the Cubs' locker at the MLB Talent Bank is so much bigger than what it's ever been in my lifetime it's impossible to explain unless you've been alive for as long as me.
Jorge Soler was signed by Theo and Jed in 2012, and they outbid the Yankees to get him.
Looking back, I'm actually surprised at how many posts he was featured in here.
This is still one of my fav paintings of any Cub.
I thought he was gonna be a home run hitting part of the team for a loong time.
This one's from 2013.
This was from last year, the day after he'd been on the DL for a bit...
Here's one from 2012. I didn't know how to pronounce his name yet...
Then, we all learned.
But my fav memory of Soler was in 2014, when I went to St. Louis to watch the Cubs play the Cards before St. Louis really knew what was going on in Chicago:
To the Cardinal fans, you say look, its our newest prospect brought up just the other day, Jorge Soler.
Solerno? they say.
Isn’t that a pizza company?
And you go ha ha no. It’s SoLAIR. Rhymes with Corvair.
6’4”, 215 pounds.
We all watch as he hits one that carries and carries and carries.
We all watch John Jay drift back towards the center field wall.
Back back back he goes, and he even jumps up in the air as if he can catch a ball that’s 15 feet over his head.
Later, he'll hit another one out that goes so far so fast that nobody even moved before it landed in the 2nd deck.
The Cardinal Fans say who is that guy again?
You say you might want to remember him.
But, as Jed Hoyer said, it's a baseball trade.
Good for us, good for them, and I think good for Jorge.
Hey listen, I've been working my ass off, even if you didn't know it.
We're starting a new agency, there's been tons of work, and in between there... a number of you have asked if I could do some prints.
So I'm doing them.
Getting an Etsy store to open probably in the next couple days.
This blog, I've been at it since 2003 even if I didn't start it til 2007.
And one day art will probably be how I make a living, so what I have to offer is good stuff, printed on the same kind of really good paper I do watercolors on, by a really good printer with really good inks.
Limited edition, signed and numbered.