On Wednesday afternoon, Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. will make his first career start in a Major League game, but even back in 2013 he had a premonition of how special this team could potentially be.
In an interview with Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Almora discussed what it would be like to make his way up to the Cubs’ roster, and he had a very specific vision of how his time in the Windy City would be remembered.
“It’s something that you look forward to when you wake up, like, ‘Man, I’m gonna be part of something great,’” he told the website. “It’s something that makes me work harder and harder every day just to know that one day, I’m gonna have that ring on my finger and it’s gonna be history.”
The Cubs obviously have not put rings on their fingers yet, but they’re well on their way to becoming a dominant franchise in the league. They currently hold an eight and a half game lead in the NL Central, and according to FanGraphs, the Cubs (who have the league’s best record at 40-17), have a 99.7 percent chance of making the postseason this year.
As for Almora, he made his MLB debut on Tuesday night, grounding out to third base in a pinch-hit appearance, but Wednesday will make his first career start. He will bat sixth and play left field for the Cubs, who will be looking to take a series win against the Phillies.