Before the season, President Theo Epstein said Cubs fans shouldn't just look at the team's record as a true measure of their success.

"There should be two areas of focus," he said. "One is the big league team. Do we succeed or fail? And one is on the organization. There is just no other way to look at it right now. That's the reality of it."

So while the Cubs were losing 6-2 to the Reds at foggy Wrigley Field on Monday, the sharper focus was on Florida, where top prospect Javier Baez was hitting four home runs for Class A Daytona against Fort Myers. It was the second four-homer game in Florida State League history.

Baez and Cuban refugee Jorge Soler, part of the so-called "Cubs core," were a topic of conversation at Wrigley Field on Monday night.

"Obviously it's a special night for anybody at any level to hit four home runs," manager Dale Sveum said. "That's what we're hoping for when he gets developed and ready to go here, those kind of days and power that changes games around with one swing."

Downplaying the hype, Sveum had said before the game that the two prospects — and Class A Kane County outfielder Albert Almora — are still "a couple years" away.

"We're not talking about next year or anytime this year," he said. "Those are the guys we have to hit (on) or else it's back to the drawing board."

Afterward, Sveum was asked if he had changed his mind on Baez.

"No," he said. "My mind hasn't changed."

This Cubs season is already an afterthought in most fans' minds. An announced crowd of 28,052 was on hand to watch a game that was barely viewable through the thick fog and barely watchable either way.

"It couldn't get any worse," Sveum said, referring to the fog, not the game. "Otherwise you'd have had to stop it. It was borderline as it was."