Out of context, the lettering on this hat doesn’t form any Hebrew word in the Judaic lexicon. The closest one comes to those three letters is “Keves”, the Hebrew word for lamb or sheep. So perhaps it’s a transliterated English word. But “Caboose”? What sense does that make. Ah, but then you see the hat in its proper context, on the front page of this weekend’s Wall Street Journal.
That’s right — it’s Cubs! It seems lots of people are jumping on the Cubbie bandwagon this weekend, and it only intensified after they beat the Dodgers Saturday night to go to the World Series. And to top things off, there are rumors that the Cubs may get one of their key players back for the Series.
So when we got word that Kyle Schwarber was coming to the Arizona Fall League on a rehab assignment with the Mesa Solar Sox and in the lineup Saturday night, we hightailed over to Sloan Park to see if the rumors were true – and sure enough …
Kyle Schwarber was placed on the disabled list on April 8 with torn ligaments in his left knee (ACL and MCL) and underwent reconstructive knee surgery on April 19. Against minor league prospects tonight, he looked like a guy who hasn’t played ball competitively for the season, grounding out weakly his first two times up, then drawing a walk before completing an 0-3 night on his last at bat. The Fall League is dormant on Sundays, which means that Schwarber won’t play again until Monday. And with the World Series starting on Tuesday night in Cleveland, it seems quite a long shot that Schwarber would be ready to contribute as a DH against much higher caliber pitching than he struggled against tonight. Then again, might this just be Joe Maddon posturing?