The last time Kyle Schwarber stepped foot on Chase Field, he was carted off after suffering a gruesome ACL and LCL injury in just the third game of the year that was supposed to end his 2016 season.
We all know what happened though in October, when he made a remarkable comeback six months into his recovery to help the Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians in seven games of the World Series and snap a 108-year championship drought.
On Friday, the 24-year-old slugger returned to The Desert for redemption and smoked a solo shot in the top of the sixth inning, guiding the Cubs to an 8-3 victory in their series opener against the Diamondbacks. Alex Avila followed that up with a homer of his own, his second in a Cubs uniform.
Check it out in the video above.
MLB will once again commemorate several holidays and special events during the 2018 season.
Monday, the league revealed the uniforms teams will don on Jackie Robinson Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, and during Memorial Day weekend and Independence Day weekend.
The Cubs' regular uniforms are great, of course, but their special event uniforms are solid as well. Take a look:
Not too shabby, eh? In addition to the special caps and jerseys, each team will be rocking unique socks and patches for each occasion. A complete collection of the uniforms can be found here.
The MLB regular season is still 13 days away, but Willson Contreras is ready for the swings to count.
The Cubs catcher hit an absolute bomb of a homer Friday afternoon off White Sox pitcher Reynaldo Lopez, but it wasn't just a homer.
Contreras put an exclamation mark on the dinger (his third of the spring and the second this week) with an A+ bat flip:
I'm not sure what's more majestic: The 450-foot shot or the 45-foot bat-flip.
Either way, Contreras is ready for those 2018 NL MVP votes.