There’s a family farm a few miles down the road, and, this time of year, they do all the pumpkin-apple-hayride-etc. stuff. It’s a fun place to take the kids. They also make amazing homemade pumpkin donuts, which sell out almost immediately as soon as they are made available. So we planned a trip yesterday morning specifically to be there when they opened so we could get some donuts. It worked, and, fearing that I wouldn’t get any more this season, I went ahead and bought a couple dozen to freeze. I am inappropriately excited about the prospect of having those donuts for months to come.
- Baseball America rated the various individual team drafts now that we’ve had a little bit of time to view the players as professionals. As a nice feather, the Cubs’ draft was ranked fourth overall. Kyle Schwarber ranked as the best hitter (pure and power) in the draft, and also had the second best pro debut, behind only that Brandon Finnegan guy you might see pitching in the World Series. (And may Finnegan please, please not have a horrible outing at some point leading to a loss – visions of the ensuing “Finnegan’s Wake” headlines with the obligatory head-hanging picture are making my stomach turn. Because it would be everywhere.)
- Given that the Cubs picked fourth, and none of the teams that picked ahead of them rated quite as well, I’d say the Cubs acquitted themselves nicely in the draft. Of course, every passing year is a new opportunity to evaluate the 2014 draft, and it’ll be interesting to look back next Fall and see if it’s looking even better or not as well. The 2013 draft still looks great, mostly because of Kris Bryant, but the rest of the early round picks aren’t quite breaking out. Will we feel the same way next year about the Stinnett/Zagunis/Sands/Steele/Cease/Norwood group that looks pretty great right now?
- The Mesa Solar Sox won again yesterday, and they’re now .500 on the year. Bijan Rademacher was the big contributor for the Cubs, going 2-4 with a steal … of home. I’d love to know exactly how that played out (from the Game Day, it looks like it was a double steal). Addison Russell and Dan Vogelbach also played, each scoring twice without the benefit of a hit.
- Carrie Muskat reports that Dave Littlefield has left the Cubs’ organization in favor of a scouting job with the Tigers.
- A little more on the current Wrigley renovation efforts over at Cubs.com.
- Grant Brisbee tries very hard to see the other side and explain why Mike Matheny used Michael Wacha in Game 5 of the NLCS like he did. But Brisbee, humorously, comes up empty.