I went ahead and put Arismendy Alcantara and Shane Victorino in the illustration, but even without those guys the different teams Joe Maddon can field is astounding.
And, sure I could have made a similar illustration for any past team, but with the 2016 Cubs there doesn't seem to be a single grouping that wouldn't be kind of amazing.
One's eyes roll back into one's head.
Sure we're worried about Anthony Rizzo - a long term injury there would be a catastrophe.
But everything else is just so deep, especially when you consider David Ross also pitches.
I don't mean to lessen his value because I'm sure that like me, you'll always hold him in high Cubs regard, but think back to Mark DeRosa.
Back then, I thought wouldn't it be awesome if the team was so good that DeRo, who could play anywhere, was the back-up guy rather than the starter (I wasn't even really aware of Zobrist then, but like that).
I wonder how he'd fare on this team as his '07 or '08 self.
Anyway, tons of choices for Joe.
And lastly, poor 3rd baseman Christian Villanueva. Busted his fibula fielding a grounder and may have to have surgery.
Lastly lastly, I'm on a shoot in Los Angeles, and the hotel has it's share of people who are way cooler than you or me.
They look young and rich and I see them hanging by the pool as I walk by on the way to work.
These kinds of people are at every hotel out here, but there's something different about them this trip.
So far I've seen two of them wearing Cubs hats.
Usually the only Cubs hat at a place like this is worn by me at 5:30 AM when getting the free coffee they have in the lobby before I shower.
The times they are a-changin'.