World Series trophy coming to St. Joseph

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

ST. JOSEPH — The Chicago Cubs’ World Series trophy is expected to make an appearance in St. Joseph next month.

The Cubs updated its trophy tour schedule, which now includes St. Joseph and Kalamazoo on its list of stops on Feb. 20.

Referred to as the Commissioner’s Trophy, the time of the trophy’s arrival – as well as the trophy’s destination – were not listed online. However, it does state “to be decided” on the website.

It is also unknown if any players from the Cubs championship team will be present during the tour. The Cubs’ media relations department did not return comment to The Herald-Palladium on the tour’s specifics Monday.

Brian Smith, interim director of St. Joseph Today, said the announcement of the visit presents good timing as the Cubs’ mascot is being carved to be on display for the 13th annual Magical Ice Festival from Feb. 3-5.

While Smith said he doesn’t know where the tour will be in the Twin Cities, he’s welcome to hosting the trophy.

“We would certainly welcome the celebration,” Smith said Monday. “We have a lot of Chicago visitors and second home owners and vacationers that come here. Anything that creates excitement in Chicago – we would be happy host it.”

Kalamazoo is another stop on the trophy tour for Feb. 20. However, like St. Joseph, it is unknown when and where the trophy will be in Kalamazoo.

Berrien County residents who don’t want to wait for Feb. 20 can drive to South Bend later this month. The South Bend Cubs and Notre Dame will host the Cubs’ World Series trophy on Jan. 21.

The trophy will be at the South Bend Cubs’ Performance Center at 525 S. Lafayette Blvd. in South Bend and at the Notre Dame Basketball Purcell Pavilion at 113 Joyce Center in Notre Dame, Ind., on Jan. 21.

The Commissioner’s Trophy is 24 inches tall and features 30 flags – one for each Major League Baseball team.

After a 108-year championship drought, the Cubs won the 2016 World Series by a score of 8-7 in Game 7 over the Cleveland Indians. The win secured one of the greatest comebacks in the MLB, where the Cubs were forced to win the final three games of the series.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at twittkowski@TheHP.com or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on Jan. 10, 2017)

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