ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque native Kyle Evans is closely watching this historic World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians.
He’s not just a fan of baseball, and he’s not just an accomplished player, but he has connections to both teams.
“I think just being in this city right now kinda gives you a grasp of how much it means to a national fan base,” Evans said from Wrigley Field in Chicago.
He currently works in the Cubs front office as a special assistant to Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein and for Jed Hoyer, executive vice president and general manager.
That’s not all. Evans is also the director of Major League scouting for the Cubs.
The 1997 graduate of Eldorado High School played for Baylor University in Waco, Texas, but also has a special connection to the Cleveland Indians. He was drafted to the team in 2000.
Even so, Evans says his allegiance is to the Cubs.
“It’s a little bit difficult because I feel I probably, against anybody else in baseball, probably would have rooted for the Indians in this instance, but since we’re here playing against them, it’s kinda you got to try to break the longer curse first,” Evans told KRQE News 13.
“He was a great player for us, great student and I’m really happy for him with what’s going on now in Chicago with the Cubs,” said Jim Johns, former head baseball coach at Eldorado.
“I’ll think he’ll be a general manager some day,” Johns said. “Wishing him good luck and ‘go Cubs!’ It’s a lot of fun for baseball.”
Evans also expressed “appreciation for Coach Johns”
“I think how much my time there, my time in the baseball program there, molded me, molded my respect for the game, and molded the understanding I think of the little things that it takes to win games,” said Evans.
Game Four of the World Series takes place Saturday with pregame airing at 5 p.m. on Fox New Mexico.