Sure I'm excited about all the Cubs kids coming to compete for a spot on the Big League team..
Kris Bryant, Addison Russel...are you kidding me?
But there's something about Arismendy Alcantara that I just really really like.
He's got that easy swing and he moves like a.. just a baseball player.
He's 5'10", 170lbs - a baseball player.
When I went to St. Louis last summer for the awesome 7-2 Cubs W, Alcantara hit a gorgeous 9th inning homer off Nick Greenwood right when I was talking to some Cardinal fans about these new Cubs.
Right when these fans were beginning to notice that there might be change in the air, and I'll never forget it.
The Cubs went out and got Dexter Fowler, a good move and he'll be starting in center for sure.
They need some vets who can play to be around these kids.
Alcantara was just learning to play center, he was obviously better at 2nd, and we don't really know what's gonna happen there.
Is Javier Baez gonna kick his strikeout woes?
Will he start with the big league club or in Iowa?
The Cubs also got infielder Tommy LaStella, and Jed Hoyer had this to say about him at the time: "Sometimes you have to acquire guys that can get on base. It's something we needed."
So Alcantara is in a bit of a weird place that only playing baseball can figure out.
Did I say "playing baseball"?
YES I DID!
Anyway, every day brings us a tad closer to far and away the most interesting Spring in like a billion years and I can't wait to watch.
Lastly, my son is in town working at a radio station - it's a school thing - and we've been driving into work early alot together.
My car got snowed in the garage forever, and when I finally tried to get it out the battery was dead.
So we go out front to take his car, but when I start that one it sounds like a bulldozer.
I look under the car and... the muffler fell off during the night.
I go, "Did you hit some kind of giant pothole last night?"
He says no.
We call the car guy who comes over and says, "Oh. Somebody stole your catalytic converter."
Thieves come, usually in a van, and use battery powered hand saws to cut the converter out - it's part of the muffler.
Takes 'em about a minute.
Then they sell it for like $150 because it's got "precious metals" inside.
It's a real thing, stealing converters.
Happens all the time.
I'd never heard about it til just now.
So... now you know too.