Boy, it's nice to see so many of the Cubs' core prospects suddenly firing on all cylinders! Albert Almora hitting for the cycle for Daytona; Jorge Soler crushing the ball for the Smokies; Baez getting himself straightened out at the dish and returning to form with long, long home runs flying off his bat again; and of course, Kris Bryant making it look like he's playing slo-pitch soffball -- all to go with Arismendy Alcantara's excellent debut last week in The Show.
Does anyone besides me wonder what could have happened the rest of this season if Theo had kept Samardzija and Jason Hammel and brought up all these prospects after the All-Star Break? Could they have brought an infusion of energy, excitement, and offense to Wrigley big enough to make a credible second-half run? What if the Cubs hadn't had to endure that six-game post-Trade skid? Did Theo feel he had to pull the trigger on The Trade NOW because the Cubs were actually starting to look good? If that six-game pre-Trade winning streak had continued, would it have applied unacceptable pressure to modify The Plan?
I know; no way will the Cubs bring them all up in 2014.
But still... don't you wonder what if...? Just a wee bit...?
Alas. Now we'll never know.