Albert Almora called his shot three years ago.
On some level, Almora has probably dreamed of winning a World Series with the Cubs since the moment Theo Epstein's front office made him the first draft pick in their tenure.
Almora — the sixth overall pick in 2012 — was called up to the big leagues Tuesday afternoon, replacing the injured Jorge Soler on the 25-man roster. The 22-year-old outfielder is in Philadelphia and on the bench for Tuesday night's game.
Before his home debut with the Kane County Cougars in May 2013 (back in the early stages of "The Plan") some 40 miles west of Wrigley Field, Almora admitted he daydreams about what it would be like to be fitted for a World Series ring.
"It's something that you look forward to when you wake up, like, 'Man, I'm gonna be part of something great,'" Almora said. "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."
Almora was barely 19 at the time of the interview, yet already showed a maturity well beyond his years, understanding the roller coaster that is the game of baseball.
"It's gonna be tough," Almora said. "It's gonna be a bumpy road. There's gonna be ups and downs, of course. It's baseball; it's part of the game. But I'm looking forward to it.
"I'm looking forward to whatever comes our way - the ups and downs, the good and bad. But it's gonna be good at the end."