Man, if only Albert Almora were around on Sunday, maybe he coulda caught all this snow that fell in Chicago.
Love his glove so much, his first step, his instincts out in center field.
But the bat.
127 hits last year, 444 at bats.
24 were doubles.
5 were homers.
1 was a triple.
He slugged .378, his OBP was .323.
And his OPS was .701.
Among NL players with at least 425 plate appearances, he's 81st out of 98 in the OPS column.
So here's hoping the still young (he'll be 25 next April) Albert can... if he's never gonna hit homers maybe become a tad more Mark Grace-like and rack up some doubles.
In '95, Grace led the NL with 51 doubles (fun page of stats) so not that many, but you know.. more.
Okay, you heard Joe Maddon say... "I actually want to do less before the game talking to the media and whatever and try to get on the field more often."
And I guess that's fine but honestly, I love hearing the man talk.
But with another couple new coaches, Joe being more hands on is probably good (even if the coaches they're getting seem to be the same guys who were around the core kids when they were in the minors).
Lastly, I get to work early.
Park under the Aon Center, get coffee at the Soprafina, walk under Stetson and come up in the Prudential building, and out the revolving doors and across the street to the office.
This morning, I'm walking up to the revolving doors and on the other side of the glass out in the cold is Dave Wannstedt.
You can still hear him talking every weekend on Fox before whatever football game comes on, and he's got that distinct way of talking, right?
So he comes thru the revolving door and he's holding his phone sideways in front of his mouth, obviously on speaker, and he's telling a story I guess.
Anyway, just as I'm thinking about saying hi, he says into his phone, "Show she mushta took his shpot!"
And instead, I burst out laughing as he walked by.
I bet they were talking about shoveling out a car and saving a spot on the street.
Lastly lastly, Soprafina.
If you use their paper cup to get a medium coffee there, it's like $2.69 or something.
If you bring in your own travel mug (mine holds 2 cups of coffee) they call it a "refill" and charge you $1.25.
And if you have them stamp the little loyalty card, every 10th cup is free.
It's like the GREATEST deal, you do a little Earth love by not using paper cups, AND the coffee is awesome.