Reality didn’t play out exactly like Back to the Future II intended (Miami can’t be beaten by the Cubs in a World Series, unless there’s an unreported move to the American League we’re not hip to), but it’s come pretty close. Plus, with the way the Cubs’ rookies are showing out in their debuts in 2014, you’d think that these guys were going to first base on hoverboards.
Following behind Arismendy Alcantara and Javier Baez, Jorge Soler — in his first ever at-bat — slugged a Mat Latos offering 423 feet out of the Great American Ball Park Wednesday in a Cubs loss at Cincinnati, becoming the first Cubs player to hit a home run in his first at-bat since Starlin Castro did on May 7, 2010, also in Cincy. In all, Soler was 2-for-4 on the night with an RBI single capping off his night in the eighth inning.
“I feel real proud about it,” Soler told MLB.com. “All of my family was watching the game, especially my father here at the game. I feel real happy and proud that I did well today.”
You can’t get more encouraging than the results the first wave of young bucks have given the Cubs so far this season and there’s several more to come. If the Cubs’ prospects keep things going like this, their ’15 campaign will be much stranger than fiction. Not a good thing for the Cubbies, typically, but things change.
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