With a runner at first and one out in the Cardinals' sixth inning, Carpenter lined a ball to left. Schwarber took about four steps, then fell backwards, but he got up in time to catch the ball and throw it in. Then he raised his arms and pointed to his shoe, which apparently was the reason for the fall.
"Schwarber vindicated his offseason program by being able to fall down and get up," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "It's all the burpees he did in the offseason were demonstrated right there."
Schwarber, who lost more than 20 pounds this offseason after a strenuous diet and exercise program, took off his right shoe and trotted in to get a new pair to finish the inning. Center fielder Jason Heyward made a much more graceful running catch of Jose Martinez's fly ball to end the inning.
"It looked like he might have blown out his shoelaces," Maddon said. "I've had that happen sometimes. It looked like it was spread open and he can't put it back on and he might have popped the laces. I've had it in high school football, but never seen it in baseball."