Call me Ismael Valdez.
In a recent feature for NBC Sports Chicago, David Kaplan wrote that Shohei Ohtani is Theo Epstein’s white whale. That’s not so much because Captain Epstein has been wantonly pursuing this particular cetacean for ages, but that Ohtani is the very incarnation of the Cubs’ desires. I mean, he’s the cost-controlled pitcher they so desperately desire and he’s also the kind of bat they’ve built their franchise around.
The only issue is that they may not have a big enough boat, and I’m not talking about their paltry international bonus or even mixing pop culture metaphors. Although I suppose a little Jaws reference is fitting, given the armada that went out in search of the antagonist white shark in the film. Literally every MLB team — even the Reds think they could have a shot, which, okay — is interested in landing this big fish (or mammal, depending on which reference you’re following at this point), making the waters choppy.
That’s certainly the case when it comes to the experts’ predictions, inasmuch as you can really call them that. Shrouded in mystery more befitting the denizen of a mythical island, it seems no …Read the Rest
Source:: Cubs Insider