Kyle Schwarber calls Cubs encasing home run ball ‘pretty cool’
Kyle Schwarber’s moon shot of a home run in the 7th inning of Tuesday’s series-clinching 6-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals will live on in Chicago Cubs lore for ages. The home run ball he deposited on top of the Wrigley Field scoreboard will remain where it landed for at least as long as the Cubs remain in the postseason, something the Cubs rookie deems as “pretty cool.”
“It’s a great honor,” Schwarber said, via the Chicago Tribune. “Wrigley Field has such great history. For it to stay up there for however long it does — I don’t know how long they plan on keeping it up there — it will be cool.”
Schwarber insists that while all the attention is flattering, he’s trying not to dwell on it.
“It’s fun. But I’m not focused on a home run ball. I’m focused on our next series, just being able to get our bodies right.”
The Cubs announced earlier this week that not only would the ball remain exactly where it landed, but would also be encased in a plexiglass box to protect the prized piece of Cubs postseason history from the elements.
Cubs skipper Joe Maddon called the entire pomp and circumstance surrounding the home run ball “pure genius.”
“The way tradition and lore are dealt with around here, that could withstand the test of time,” he said. “Now they definitely have to keep that scoreboard intact, right? If there’s any consideration to do anything differently, you’ve got to keep it there now.”
As noted, the plan is to leave the ball as it stands for the duration of the Cubs’ run in the postseason. After that, it’s anyone’s guess. Although if the Cubs should somehow overcome every curse the team has dealt with over the past century and win a World Series, the team arguably would be wise to leave the ball where it lies in perpetuity.