Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber may be out for the rest of the season, but that didn't stop the team from honoring him before their home opener at Wrigley Field Monday night.
After the rest of the team had been introduced during pregame festivities, the Cubs played a special video for Schwarber, and they gave him the honor of being the last player announced:
The crowd erupted when Schwarber hit the field.
Schwarber was also honored before the game, as the home run ball he launched onto the top of the right field video board was restored to its rightful place atop that very structure.
Schwarber is preparing to have surgery on torn ligaments in his knee after the outfielder was injured in a collision with Dexter Fowler last week in a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“I’m going to push myself as hard as I can to be back healthy 100 percent,” Schwarber told media during a press availability Saturday in Phoenix. “Wherever that timetable leads me, I’ll be ready.”