His time with the Cubs may be over, but Kyle Schwarber’s legacy will endure.
Regardless of where you stand on Kyle Schwarber as a ballplayer, his tenure as a Cub, or whether it was a mistake to non-tender him, one thing cannot be argued: the powerful slugger provided some iconic moments for Chicago Cubs fans.
Schwarber was a larger than life figure in Chicago and in all of baseball for his titanic blasts, throwback look and miraculous feats. While he may not have lived up to the hype or potential many (myself included) thought he would achieve in Chicago, no one will ever be able to take away the fact that the guy helped the Cubs win a World Series in Willis Reed-style. In fact, Chicago does not win the 2016 World Series without Schwarber’s contributions or improbable comeback.
The front office’s decision to non-tender him has caused a stir amongst both diehard and fairweather fans who, despite their frustration with his erratic performance, loved seeing the big guy in blue pinstripes. No one knows where he’ll end up or what club he’ll be belting home runs for in the future, but what we do know is that his time in Chicago produced many special moments.
For now, let’s appreciate those special moments and take a look back at his five biggest and more iconic moments with the Cubs. You won’t be disappointed with these five picks.