Howard To Cubs Was 'Spoke Into Existence'

(670 The Score) In the wake of the Cubs selecting Mt. Carmel High shortstop Ed Howard at No. 16 overall in the MLB amateur draft Wednesday evening, a video that brought back some of Howard's favorite memories began making the rounds on social media.

Back in 2014, Howard was the starting shortstop for the Jackie Robinson West team that reached the Little League World Series championship game. As part of that journey, the city held a rally to celebrate Jackie Robinson West. Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein spoke at it and had a message for Howard and his teammates.

"Keep playing the game of baseball," Epstein said then. "Keep grinding. Keep working in school. Go to college. Do your thing and we’ll see you in the draft in about 2023."

Theo sort of predicted in 2014 he'd draft @ehowardIV#Cubs #MLBDraft2020 @cbschicago

— Krista Ruch (@KristaCBS2) June 11, 2020

On the Laurence Holmes Show 670 The Score on Friday, the 18-year-old Howard got a chuckle out of that video.

"Time definitely flies," Howard said. "I remember that day. We had this little parade around the city, then went over to Millennium Park, I'm pretty sure. He gave the speech. I just remember, the video when it resurfaced, I had forgot that he said that. But then looking at, it just brought back memories. He basically spoke it into existence. He said 2023, which would've been after three years of college. But it happened earlier, 2020. He basically spoke it into existence. So it's pretty funny. It's a great story. I'm excited. It's a blessing to be chosen by the Cubs and have this opportunity."

Listen to Howard's full interview with Laurence Holmes by clicking below.

Mt. Carmel High shortstop Ed Howard called it 'surreal' to be drafted by the hometown #Cubs.Check out his full interview with @LaurenceWHolmes on @Radiodotcom Rewind:

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