CHICAGO (CBS) — The Illinois hometown of the World Series MVP is getting ready for his homecoming.
Ben Zobrist told millions at the Cubs championship rally Friday that the team was full of MVPs in “a city of MVPs.”
And in Zobrist’s hometown of Eureka, he’s the VIP, WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.
How does the town of Eureka welcome hometown boy Zobrist?
“We are looking at a parade when he is available,” Amber Harmon said.
A member of the events committee in Eureka, Harmon said the town is planning a parade for Zobrist and an event where he’ll speak. His high school coach will likely speak too.
“Hopefully that would involve coming to a certain location and having a ceremony where not only does he get to speak, but perhaps his high school coach and a couple of other people get to speak as well,” she said.
Businesses in Eureka are even showing their love for Zobrist by posting signs and posters.
Harmon is asked, not for the first time, whether Eureka did as much for Zobrist last year when he and the Kansas City Royals won the World Series.
“We had a few signs up,” Harmon said. “Some of the windows were painted. But I think because it’s actually here in Illinois, I think it plays a bigger part because so many people are Cub fans.”
Harmon said the town of 5,000 is still in awe from Game 7, when Zobrist drilled a go-ahead double in the 10th inning to help the Cubs to an 8-7 win against the Indians.
“We’re still in shock,” Harmon said. “I mean, it was incredible. It was heart attack time that night, but I think we’re all thrilled.”
At least 400 people in Eureka have already posed for a group hometown photo for Zobrist, most of them in Cubbie blue.