It was hours after the game on a late-May afternoon at Wrigley Field nine years ago, when the long-quiet ballpark suddenly came alive again with the noise of crack after crack after crack of the bat — and clank after clank of balls hitting seats in the bleachers of left, center and right fields.
“That was my best workout,” Carlos Correa said. “I did the top seven teams in the draft that year, and that one was the most impressive one; I performed the best on that one. And I was really excited about that one.”
The Cubs, who drafted sixth overall that year, felt the same way after execs Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, Tim Wilken and Jason McLeod watched the workout that included the powerful round of batting practice off manager Dale Sveum. And they let him know.
“I was like, wow, I would love to play here every single day in the big leagues,” Correa, the Astros’ All-Star shortstop, said during a conversation with NBC Sports Chicago during the workout day in Chicago between playoff games against the White Sox.
Correa did all right in that draft as the Astros’ surprise No. 1 overall pick, going on to win a Rookie of the Year award, make two All-Star games and play in 67 postseason games — and counting as he and the Astros eliminated the White Sox 10-1 Tuesday to reach a fifth consecutive American League Championship Series.…