The Chicago Cubs are going to their first World Series since 1945, and as stunning as that seems (despite the fact that they’ve been the best team in MLB all year), what may be even more unbelievable is some other Cubs news that came out on Saturday.
Kyle Schwarber was sent to the Arizona Fall League, and played in a game for the Mesa Solar Sox on Saturday night. Schwarber — who became the Cubs’ all-time postseason home run leader with five last year as a rookie — tore both the ACL and LCL of his left knee in early April, and it was assumed he was done for the season. As recently as August 29th, Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said that Schwarber wouldn’t play again this year.
But, now it appears the slugger could be an option to play in the World Series for the Cubs as a designated hitter, with four of a potential seven games coming on American League turf in Cleveland.
Schwarber went 0-for-3 with a walk in his first baseball game since blowing out his knee, but looked the same old Schwarber in batting practice, and was robbed on a line drive into the gap:
Schwarber being robbed of extra bases, looked good coming out of the box pic.twitter.com/pufX8wAdtv
— Matthew Lively (@livelyasu) October 23, 2016
But being in Arizona and playing in this Fall League game meant that Schwarber was away from the Cubs as they clinched the NL Pennant at Wrigley Field, and this of course meant that he missed out on an epic celebration. The folks in Arizona wanted to make sure Schwarber got a celebration of his own, and here’s video evidence thanks to Cubs scout Spike Lundberg:
Pretty awesome, but Schwarber certainly hopes the Cubs will have another celebration that he can be a part of over the next two weeks, and maybe even thanks in part to his contributions on the field if he makes the World Series roster.