LOOK: Ian Happ replaces waffle iron with phone for new home-run celebration


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Ian Happ introduced a red phone as the latest prop for the Cubs' home-run celebrations. (Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports)
Ian Happ introduced a red phone as the latest prop for the Cubs' home-run celebrations. (Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports)

CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ is known for instituting unique themes for home-run celebrations, but, since Happ has spent the majority of the 2019 slate playing in the minors, the Cubs have not had a specific theme this season. However, on Monday night, Happ introduced a new prop for the celebrations that is likely to take hold.

Perhaps as an homage to the Cubs' recent road woes that led to the North Siders gaining plenty of outside criticism and doubt, Happ applied tape to a red phone and wrote "No Panic" on the tape, as if to indicate that that Cubs just need to remain calm. In the Cubs' contest against the Oakland Athletics at Wrigley Field on Monday, Chicago went yard four times, and after each homer, the player who hit the dinger celebrated by having a fake conversation in the phone.

Last season, Happ brought a waffle iron into the Cubs' dugout and made it a staple of team's home-run celebrations, as it implied that the pitch taken deep was "waffled." Another theme was a staged interview of the home-run hitter that was conducted by Happ himself. The red phone made its first appearance on Monday, and the Cubs took the A's deep on four separate occasions, meaning that the Cubs might come to think of the prop as a good-luck charm.

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