Kyle Schwarber’s home run ball removed from Wrigley scoreboard
The ball Kyle Schwarber demolished and deposited atop the Wrigley Field scoreboard during the Chicago Cubs-St. Louis Cardinals NLDS showdown finally has been removed from its honored resting place.
It was decided that the ball from Schwarber’s moon shot of a home run during the seventh inning of the Cubs’ series-clinching 6-4 victory in Game 4 would be left where it landed for the duration of the playoffs, something Schwarber characterized as “pretty cool” at the time of the announcement.
The Cubs also encased the home run ball in plexiglass to protect it, but any positive mojo that could be gleaned from the symbolic display of the team’s NLDS triumph ran out when the Cubs were swept in the NLCS by the New York Mets.
But the time for the home run ball to be preserved in its honorary landing place has passed, as Cubs spokesman Julian Green confirmed the ball was removed sometime after the postseason. He also confirmed that the ball is in “a safe, secure place” but would not disclose its actual location “for security reasons,” reports the Chicago Tribune.
Green also added no marker has been placed on the Wrigley scoreboard to preserve the memorable moment for perpetuity.
After the Cubs’ playoff elimination, Schwarber did go check out the ball, but it apparently wasn’t a great experience.
“It was really windy, it was scary,” he said after taking a gander. “It was really cool to do. Don’t know how long it’s going to be up there, but pretty cool.”
Schwarber added he didn’t care what the Cubs did with the ball upon its ultimate removal.
“Whatever they want to do with it,” he said.
Well, whatever the Cubs decided to do with it, “security reasons” means few people know where the ball is now anyway.