When we last saw Kyle Schwarber in October, he was hitting baseballs into the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh and depositing them on top of the right-field video board at Wrigley Field.
He's at it again. During Wednesday morning's batting-practice session on Field 1 next to Sloan Park, Schwarber broke a car windshield in the parking lot behind the right-field wall.
This is the very area where a kind soul warned me not to park as I was getting out of my car. I moved my own car to the main parking lot behind home plate at Sloan Park, well out of range (even for Schwarber).
As it turns out, the car in question is owned by Peter Gesler, who is a BCB reader. Further, based on the time stamp of the photos, this happened while I was watching BP, although I didn't see (or hear) it happen.
The parking area where this happened is well over 400 feet away -- and there's also a screen that has to be 40 feet high in front of it, so the ball had to clear both of those areas to hit the car.
If you're coming to spring training and planning on watching BP at Field 1 in Mesa, park your car far away from this area. And don't park in the small lot behind Field 2, either; that's where Javier Baez hit a car a couple of springs ago. There are other lots that are safer.
Here's another look at the broken windshield.
UPDATE: I received this by email from Peter Gesler.
When I parked, no one was on that field, so I didn’t think much about it. I was standing behind home plate where all the fans were when Schwarber launched the shot. I followed the trajectory and heard the impact. Players cheered and applauded knowing he hit something. I knew my car was there so went to inspect and sure enough. I moved my car, then. Lots of people over there taking pictures. I hope to speak to Kyle sometime and laugh about it. Not his fault. He was doing what he does best.