Kyle Schwarber’s NLDS HR ball back atop Wrigley scoreboard
In the wake of the disappointing news that Kyle Schwarber has been lost for the season after tearing two ligaments in his left knee in an outfield collision with Dexter Fowler last week, the Chicago Cubs decided returning his legendary home run ball from last season’s NLDS back to the top of the scoreboard at Wrigley Field was the right thing to do.
Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney announced Monday morning on Chicago radio that the team has placed the ball — which Schwarber deposited atop the Wrigley scoreboard with a moon shot of a home run during the seventh inning of the Cubs’ series-clinching 6-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 4 of NLDS — back in its rightful location.
Once the ball was located last fall, the Cubs encased it in plexiglass to protect it from the elements for the balance of the team’s postseason run, which of course came to an end when the New York Mets eliminated them in the NLCS.
The Cubs then removed the ball from its honored spot in January and move it to “a safe, secure place.” It was never revealed what the Cubs did the ball for what were deemed “security reasons.”
But the Cubs clearly figured it was a fitting tribute to Schwarber to have the ball preside over the Cubs season as a tribute to the team’s injured slugger. It’s hard to argue with that notion.
Schwarber did, however, receive a hero’s welcome from the Wrigley Field when he was introduced at the team’s home opener, receiving a huge ovation.
Schwarber admitted he was “disappointed for about 30 minutes” when he learned the severity of his injury but has vowed to return “bigger, faster and stronger.”
Until then, his iconic home run ball will preside over Wrigley Field in his absence.