Cubs honor Schwarber, fans give ovation in return to Wrigley


Kyle Schwarber returned to Wrigley Field with the Nationals on Monday, so you knew the Cubs would have big things in store to honor the 2016 World Series champ.

The festivities started when David Ross, Schwarber's former Cubs teammate and manager, gifted the outfielder a '12' placard from the historic center field scoreboard.

A tribute video played on the left field video board, and Cubs fans took it from there, offering Schwarber their appreciation several times with rousing cheers before first pitch.

The loudest cheers came when he batted in the first inning. As Schwarber stepped to the plate, the Cubs played his walk-up song, "Thuggish Ruggish Bone" by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.

Cubs fans didn't get to watch Schwarber in his last season with the team due to COVID-19. Monday's tributes were well-deserved, and he offered his appreciation postgame.

"It's definitely special," Schwarber said. "My time here, I just wanted to go out there and play as hard as I could. I don't feel like I was anything special, but for them to go ahead and do that, it was really nice. It meant a lot.

"Thank you to the fans and to the organization for doing that."

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