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Broken windshield goes to Cubs' charity auction

Schwarber, whose BP HR caused damage, autographs it
MLB.com @CarrieMuskat

MESA, Ariz. -- Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber accidentally broke the windshield of Peter Gesler's car with a batting practice home run, but the busted glass was saved and will be auctioned off this spring for a good cause.

Schwarber launched the home run over a screen in right field on Field 1 at the Cubs complex Feb. 17. Gesler was standing near home plate and watching the batting practice session when it happened.

MESA, Ariz. -- Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber accidentally broke the windshield of Peter Gesler's car with a batting practice home run, but the busted glass was saved and will be auctioned off this spring for a good cause.

Schwarber launched the home run over a screen in right field on Field 1 at the Cubs complex Feb. 17. Gesler was standing near home plate and watching the batting practice session when it happened.

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"I heard it hit," Gesler said Saturday. "[The players] were laughing and applauding."

He didn't know it was his vehicle until he went to the parking lot. Gesler then posted a photo on his Instagram account.

Schwarber suggested on Twitter that Safelite might be able to repair the damages, and the company did. Safelite took care of Gesler's broken window, replacing his windshield in the Cubs' parking lot. Schwarber did autograph the broken windshield and added "Go Cubs" as well, to the delight of Gesler, 62, a Cubs season-ticket holder who lives in Denver.

The souvenir, which was to be put in a protective case, will be auctioned March 25 at a Cubs Wives event.

"It really belongs to the Cubs family," Gesler said as he watched the team practice. "We've been met with such generosity that we thought this was the right thing to do."

A longtime Cubs fan, he grew up in Deerfield, Ill. Kenny Hubbs was his first Cubs hero. Schwarber might be a close second.

"Thanks to Kyle, [the Cubs] have all done stuff they didn't need to do," Gesler said.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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