#25: Schwarber Returns to the LineupWhy on the list?
- At the end of the NLCS, there was some surprising news to fans and the team: Kyle Schwarber had been medically cleared to resume hitting. The Cubs quickly sent him to the AFL where he got some swings in against live pitching for 3 game, managing one hit. Then, not only was he put on the roster, he was put into the starting lineup for Game 1 against Corey Kluber. Most were concerned about how he'd do against real pitching and if he'd just look silly against Kluber and Miller after not having really been able to do anything for 6 months. However, Schwarber nearly hit one out in the 4th against Kluber:
Later in the game, Miller relieved Kluber, and the Cubs left him in against Miller as well in the 7th:
I mean, that's pretty much the most amazing story of the year, tearing an ACL during the season, and coming back during the season
to play in the World Series and be successful, hitting .412 in the series with a .917 OPS.
The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was to convince the world he didn't exist.