Chicago Cubs position players don't have to report to spring training for about another week, but young slugger Kyle Schwarber is already in camp and showing off the power that got him to the majors so quickly.
That's bad news for any cars near the team's Mesa, Arizona, baseball complex.
On Wednesday, Schwarber—who hit 16 home runs in 273 plate appearances in 2015—showed why fans need to be careful about where they park their cars while visiting spring training camps.
Update: Saturday, March 26
Wives of Cubs held a "garage sale" Friday, and one of the items was the windshield—signed by the player who busted it:
@BrettGHughes It's the car windshield that Kyle Schwarber broke with his BP ball this Spring Training. Schwarber signed it!— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) March 25, 2016
The winning bid? A cool $900.
#Cubs wives raised $15,000 at Friday's auction, including $900 for the Schwarber busted windshield. $$$ benefits Paz de Cristo in Mesa— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) March 26, 2016
By the way it was Grant DePorter at Harry Carays who bought the Schwarber windshield for $900. Will display it at museum at Water Tower— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) March 26, 2016
That might seem steep for such an item, but hey, it was for a good cause.
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Here's what the team had to say about the blast on Instagram: "Sorry about that! :-)"
(But for the record, Chicago liked seeing its 22-year-old slugger crush the ball that way.)
It was only two years ago that Javier Baez smashed a windshield on a long ball. Though he was just a prospect at the time, Baez offered to pay for the damage.
While fans at all spring training complexes need to be careful where they park, it's even more crucial for those who visit the Cubs. Chicago's roster is loaded with power bats, so park at your own risk.