Kyle Schwarber had his Babe Ruth moment and Mickey Mantle moment all in one play Tuesday night.
The Cubs rookie did his best impression of the New York Yankees legends with his mammoth home run in the seventh inning of Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
It may not have been 565 feet like Mantle's shot in 1953, but Schwarber's homer landed on top of the scoreboard in right field, settling beneath the Budweiser sign that illuminates that area of the baseball universe.
He didn't aim his bat toward the bleachers like Babe Ruth did from the same batter's box in the 1932 World Series, but Schwarber did call his shot with Cubs centerfielder Dexter Fowler.
"We were out in center field and [Cubs manager Joe Maddon] was making a pitching change and I was just joking around," Schwarber said. "I said, 'I'm going to hit a home run off this guy,' and [Fowler was] like, 'Do it.' There you go."
The Cubs verified Schwarber's ball on top of the right-field scoreboard and will keep it up there as a badge of honor/memento/intimidation tactic through the rest of the postseason, even encasing it in glass to protect it from the elements:
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) October 14, 2015
— Chris Sweda (@chris_sweda) October 14, 2015
— Michael Lananna (@mlananna) October 14, 2015
What's even more incredible about Schwarber's home run was that it came off a left-hander. In the regular season, Schwarber hit just .143 with a .481 OPS and only two homers off southpaws.
But in the playoffs, none of that matters.
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That shot was Schwarber's third homer of the postseason and he's hitting .538 with a 1.831 OPS in five playoff games.
The legend of the 22-year-old rookie continues to grow, even after he finished the season hitting just .177 with a .655 OPS in the final 30 games.
Schwarber has gotten hot at just the right time for the Cubs offense, looking more like a seasoned veteran than a guy who was seen as a reach with the No. 4 overall pick in 2014.
It's quite a journey for a kid who was in Arizona for instructional ball around this time last year.
"It's been a crazy ride, and I'm blessed to be here," Schwarber said. "You know, it could have been a totally different story if I was on a different team.
"Coming into this organization and them believing in me all the way from our front office to our ownership to our coaches. And then when I did come up with our players, they made it so easy on me to come up and just do my job, and that's play baseball.
"It could have been 'Rookie this, rookie that, you do that.' It wasn't any of that. It was, 'You're here to help us win, let's go.'"