The Chicago Cubs obviously didn’t think it was enough to just get to the World Series for the first time in 71 years, they figured they could turn up the emotions another notch by adding beloved slugger Kyle Schwarber to the roster.
Schwarber missed all but two games this season underwent reconstructive knee surgery for a torn ACL and LCL he suffered after crashing into teammate Dexter Fowler while trying to catch a fly ball. The hope was that the burly hitter, who was the team’s hero during last year’s playoff run that ended in the NCLS against the New York Mets, could make it back for next year’s spring training. The chances of the Cubs (who you probably have heard haven’t won a World Series since 1908) being able to get this far and pencil in Schwarber’s name on the lineup card were slim. But with Cleveland getting home field advantage and American League designated hitter rules, Chicago deactivated pitcher Rob Zastryzny to make room for a player whose sole purpose is to hit the ball in the place of the pitcher. Schwarber does that really well.
So just in case you thought two teams trying to end baseball’s longest title droughts wasn’t enough, now you have yet another reason to watch the most anticipated World Series in years.