By Andrew Preston
When it comes to attending the World Series, Trevecca baseball coach Ryan Schmalz has something most baseball fans don’t: experience and a friend.
Schmalz, now entering his fifth season with the Trojans, was on the field with his friend and former college baseball teammate, Ben Zobrist, celebrating after the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.
“I was allowed on the field for the celebration. It was really chaotic. There was an incredible amount of media,” said Schmalz. “Ben was pulled in a 1,000 different directions for interviews and such, I didn’t get to talk to him a whole lot. I had my chance to see him, say a few words, hug and pray with him, but that was it.”
Being on the field after the Cubs won the 2016 pennant was Schmalz’s third time to be at a world series to support his friend.
“In 2008 when the Rays played the Phillies I got a chance to go to a game when Ben (Zobrist) was in Tampa. Last year I went to New York to see the Royals play the Mets,” he said.
Watching his friend play in Game 7 of the World Series, which went into extra innings, was nerve racking for Schmalz.
“It was incredible. It was an electric environment. It was really hard to watch when you know somebody out there. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time,” he said. [Read more…]