Ben Zobrist was surprised on his own bobblehead night by his father, who threw the first pitch to him
Thursday night's Cubs game was a big one for Ben Zobrist. The team honored their first-ever World Series MVP with a bobblehead night.
The Cubs fell, 4-1, but the first 10,000 fans got to go home with this terrific souvenir:
Coming to tonight’s game? Up to the first 10,000 fans will receive this bobblehead, so make sure to get here early. pic.twitter.com/5fWj9zinpM— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) June 8, 2017
Since the giveaway was presented by Zobrist's nearby alma mater, Olivet Nazarene University, he volunteered to catch the first pitch from whoever threw it. He assumed that it would just be someone associated with ONU.
Instead, the Cubs stunned Zobrist by bringing out his dad, Tom. Other members of Zobrist's family were there, too, and his wife, Julianna, captured the hug between father and son.
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What an incredibly special moment! Ben's dad surprised him by throwing out the first pitch to Ben at tonight's game. That is the first time in his entire career they have gotten to do that. And tonight just happens to be my MVPs bobblehead night! Ya know, average Thursday.
After the surprise, Tom Zobrist headed to the mound and fired a strike to his son, something he had never done during Ben's 12 years in the Majors.