9/14 Welcome to the show

Albert Almora, the Cubs’ first round pick in June, took part in batting practice on Friday. The 18-year-old outfielder from Hialeah, Fla., hit a couple balls into the left field bleachers.

“This has been one of the best days of my life,” Almora said. “This is awesome.”

When he signed, he did take a tour of Wrigley Field and checked out the view from center. But this time, he was in uniform surrounded by big league players.

“I was in center field, and I don’t know how much history has been on this field, but I feel very blessed and very thankful,” he said.

He will go to Mesa, Ariz., on Monday to begin instructional league.

— Carrie Muskat

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