Greener BeeGreen LivingKyle Schwarber ‘living the dream’ and fulfilling one for 10-year-old fan

At a loss to explain the inexplicable, Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber shows no interest in analyzing how he became the baseball story of the postseason, a budding Chicago sports folk hero who looks like so many guys playing 16-inch slow-pitch softball at Grant Park.

Schwarber wants no part of the Legend of the Fall label, insists on putting team goals ahead of any individual glory and even scoffed when asked if going from the Arizona Fall League to the World Series in 24 hours took a mental toll.

“Hey, man, I’m living the dream,” Schwarber said with a smile after Game 2.

Just as significantly, Schwarber quietly has been helping fulfill the dream of a sick 10-year-old boy in the Phoenix area.

On the not-so-great days, Campbell finds comfort with one of his prized possessions courtesy of his favorite Cub. Schwarber asked Dinger Bats, his bat supplier out of downstate Ridgway, to manufacture a personalized bat for Campbell.

“Sometimes when things are bad around here, he sleeps with that bat Kyle gave him,” Carrie said. “As far as we’re concerned, under that Cubs uniform is a superhero named Kyle Schwarber.”

Funny, almost everybody in baseball was saying something similar this week after Schwarber looked nothing like a hitter seeing his first live major-league fastball in 201 days. Schwarber went 3-for-7 with two walks in Games 1 and 2 but even more impressively has seen 40 pitches in nine plate appearances, displaying discipline surpassed only by his intensity. Everything Schwarber does since returning demonstrates a flair for drama, from connecting on a 3-0 pitch for an RBI single to celebrating wildly on first base as he shouted back at the Cubs dugout.

So many players have had their careers defined by what they do on this stage, in October, at the World Series. Reggie Jackson. Kirk Gibson. Joe Carter. David Freese. You can come up with dozens of other deserving names — and now Kyle Schwarber’s.

“I’m just going through the mental Rolodex right now and I don’t think I’ve seen that,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.

Can you offer any explanation, Terry Francona?

“Special players can do special things,” the Indians manager said.

How refreshing when special players do things that reveal them as special people too.

dhaugh@chicagotribune.com

Twitter @DavidHaugh

Jon Lester on first World Series game at Wrigley Field in 71 years

Caption Jon Lester on first World Series game at Wrigley Field in 71 years

Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester discusses the significance of Friday’s Game 3 against the Indians, the first World Series game to be played at Wrigley Field in more than 71 years. (Paul Skrbina/Chicago Tribune)

Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester discusses the significance of Friday’s Game 3 against the Indians, the first World Series game to be played at Wrigley Field in more than 71 years. (Paul Skrbina/Chicago Tribune)

Article source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/columnists/ct-kyle-schwarber-world-series-haugh-spt-1028-20161027-column.html


Comments

Kyle Schwarber ‘living the dream’ and fulfilling one for 10-year-old fan — No Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *