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Ben Zobrist held impromptu autograph session for Cubs fans outside his house

Chicago Cubs left fielder Ben Zobrist.
Chicago Cubs left fielder Ben Zobrist. The Associated Press

Cubs left fielder Ben Zobrist arrived at his home near Wrigley Field on Thursday, and found he couldn’t sleep.

It had been a kind of busy 24 hours for Zobrist. He had watched the Cubs blow a four-run lead in Game 7 of the World Series as the Cleveland Indians forced extra innings. In the 10th, Zobrist had an RBI double that put the Cubs ahead to stay and they won the World Series.

Then came the celebration, the interviews and the two trophies presentations — one for winning the World Series MVP award, for which he also received a Camaro. Then came the flight back to Chicago in the early-morning hours. Sounds exhausting, right?

Zobrist lives a couple miles from Wrigley Field, and after getting home took his nearly 1-year-old daughter Blaise Royal outside for a breath of fresh air. Then someone asked for an autograph, and ended up signing for a couple hours.

“It wasn’t planned,” Zobrist told WGN TV. “I just came outside. I was actually holding the baby for a while and just started talking to the neighbors. The next thing you know, there’s people asking for autographs. We just won the World Series, of course I’m going to sign your autographs.”

Here is more from WGN:

This is some photos from a woman who says she lives near Zobrist, and it shows how fast that word spread:

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