While many Cubs may not know who Ralph Waldo Emerson was, Cubs outfielder Darnell McDonald features a quote from the noted Transcendentalist in his Twitter biography:

"Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

McDonald's path has been a long and winding road, from Orioles' first-round draft pick in 1997 to minor league invitee at Cubs camp this spring. But McDonald, whose Twitter address is @MacDime54, has a shot at winning a spot on the Cubs bench if they take five outfielders north.

The 34-year-old veteran, who had two hits Thursday in a 5-3 victory over the A's, has shown he can handle left-handers — a .342 career on-base percentage and .436 slugging percentage vs. lefties.

Cubs President Theo Epstein knows McDonald well from their years together with the Red Sox, where McDonald became a fan favorite. Manager Dale Sveum cited McDonald's "professionalism" as one of his attributes.

As for his interest in Emerson, McDonald said he just likes to use inspirational quotes on Twitter, from Emerson to Aldous Huxley to Michael Jordan. - See more at: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/ct-spt-0301-bits-cubs-spring-training-chicago--20130301,0,7503770.story#sthash.4qP9bfBS.dpuf