Schwarber hit a batting practice home run that broke the window on my Enterprise rental car that was parked behind Sloan Park. With the help of a young man who took the ball out of my caved-in windshield, I found out it was indeed Schwarber who had put the glass hole in my car window.
Back in spring training in 2016, a similar situation played out, with a Schwarber homer breaking a car windshield before Safelite AutoGlass came to the rescue with a repair. Thankfully, Safelite repaired my windshield as well.
"That would be great," Schwarber said. "Anything for charity purposes is a good idea. No. 2, it's a cool piece. The first one I broke is in Harry Carey's restaurant. That one is hanging in there. Now maybe we can have someone else get a chance to have one."
Schwarber has a history of memorable, towering home runs. The two most famous came in the 2015 playoffs. He hit a home run into the Allegheny in a win at Pittsburgh in the National League wild-card game. Soon after, he hit one in a win against the Cardinals in the NL Division Series that landed on top of the large video board in right field at Wrigley Field.
Schwarber is rather modest about his feats of strength, but they captivate teammates and fans alike.
"It's fun," Schwarber said of his prodigious home runs. "I don't look at me being anything but a guy trying to be the best version of me. You just hope you are lucky enough to leave your mark on baseball."
Schwarber has had a strong spring, hitting .361 with a .962 OPS in 36 at-bats. He plans on taking that rhythm into the regular season, which opens for Chicago at Texas on Thursday.
"I feel good with everything," Schwarber said. "Camps been going good. As things wind down here at camp, I have a pretty solid plan of what I want to do at the plate. I feel really good about myself now."