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How to surprise the 2016 World Series MVP

Posted: Jun 19, 2017

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Just another workday for Major League Baseball player Ben Zobrist of the Chicago Cubs (center), alumnus of and spokesperson for Olivet Nazarene University. He even took time to greet University President John C. Bowling (center with back to camera). (Photo by Wesley Taylor Photography)

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Bobblehead in honor of Chicago Cubs player Ben Zobrist, 2016 World Series MVP, given to first 10,000 visitors to Wrigley Field on the evening of June 8, 2017. (Photo by Wesley Taylor Photography)

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Olivet Nazarene University and the Chicago Cubs arranged for Ben's dad, Tom Zobrist, to throw the first pitch to Ben on his bobblehead night. (Photo by Wesley Taylor Photography)

Wrigley Field. June 8, 2017. Bobblehead night. Just another workday for Major League Baseball player Ben Zobrist ’04.

Side note: This was Ben’s bobblehead night. And there was a pre-game surprise waiting for him. Olivet Nazarene University and the Chicago Cubs arranged that surprise. His name was Tom Zobrist, Ben’s dad, and he was there to throw the first pitch to Ben.

“Just like old times but switched around,” Ben said to his dad after deftly catching the ball.

Also there to witness this memorable event were Dr. John C. Bowling, University president; Julianna, Ben’s wife, and their three children; Cindi, Ben’s mother; and Noah, Ben’s brother.

Tiger Nation humbly appreciates the Olivet footnote in the 2016 World Series Game 7, now in the history books as one of the great baseball games of all time.

Olivetians everywhere celebrated when Ben hit the RBI double that put the Chicago Cubs ahead of the Cleveland Indians in the 10th inning. Each team would score one more run before Zobrist and the Cubs celebrated the end of the longest drought in professional sports — 108 seasons without a championship.

Immediately following that game, Ben was named Most Valuable Player of the 2016 World Series.
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