Cubs OF Kyle Schwarber gets a hero’s welcome at Indiana University

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  – The Cream and Crimson rolled out the red carpet in a big way for a former member of their university.

Kyle Schwarber, who played three years of baseball at Indiana, was welcomed back to the Bloomington campus with a number of tributes on Wednesday after he helped the Cubs to their first World Series championship since 1908.

Schwarber’s first stop of the day was Bart Kaufman Stadium, home of Indiana’s baseball program. In three seasons with the Hoosiers he was a two-time All-American hitting 40 homers with a slugging percentage of .607, leading Indiana to the College World Series in 2013. He is the highest MLB Draft selection in program history as he was picked fourth overall by the Cubs in 2014.

The team got a chance to meet Schwarber early on Wednesday.

Schwarber then made his way over to Assembly Hall where he was an honorary captain for Indiana’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge game against third-ranked North Carolina.

Before the game, Schwarber was introduced to the crowd cheered while singing along to “Go Cubs Go” as it was being played on the public address system. Hoosiers’ head coach Tom Crean also presented Schwarber with a basketball and baseball in the pregame ceremony.

It wasn’t the first meeting of the day for Crean, who invited Schwarber to the team’s shootaround before the game.

“This is something with Kyle (Schwarber) that I reached out to him in July. He was going through that rehab process, and because he was such a great young man here,” said Crean of Schwarber, who watched the Hoosiers knock off the previously unbeaten Tar Heels 76-67. “He loved baseball obviously, right, and he was around. And it was so easy to talk to. It’s so great to watch him have his success. He was going through such a tough time with the rehab.

“So I just wanted to throw something out to him for the season. And it ended up being this. And he took it and I’m glad that he came. Everybody will remember that ovation.”

Rest assured that Schwarber will too.