Always a class act, Ben Zobrist took the time before Friday's game to sign autographs for fans.
Always a class act, Ben Zobrist took the time before Friday's game to sign autographs for fans.

Cubs News: Ben Zobrist signs autographs at his Single-A game, uses new walkup song


by - Senior Writer -

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Chicago Cubs utility man Ben Zobrist made his long-awaited return to the diamond on Friday night, as he took part in a Single-A contest for the South Bend Cubs at Four Winds Field at Coveleski Stadium. Although South Bend defeated the West Michigan Whitecaps 2-1, Zobrist appeared to be rusty while taking part in his first live action since May 6.

Zobrist went 0-for-3 with one walk in four plate appearances, but it was the first leg on what was already expected to be a long journey back to the majors. The veteran affectionately known as "Zo" has until August 31 to be removed from the restricted list and rejoin the Cubs if he is to become postseason eligible, and it would not be surprising if he remains in the minors until late August.

More importantly, Zobrist was able to take the field and return to doing what he loves after a leave of absence that lasted nearly three months due to personal issues pertaining to his divorce. Stepping into the batter's box with "Can't Stop" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers playing as his new walkup song, Zobrist was greeted with hearty ovations each time that he dug in at the plate.

Prior to the game, Zobrist reminded the baseball world of what a class act he is by asking security personnel if he could sign autographs for fans. Of course, security obliged, and the supporters in attendance were thrilled to have the chance to meet and greet a star big leaguer. There is no definitive timetable at this time concerning Zobrist's stay in Single-A ball, but the Cubs are certain to be as patient as possible with Zobrist throughout his August rehab stint.

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