Before Kyle Schwarber and his mangled left knee ended up in World Series lore, the Chicago Cubs left fielder was a Middletown Middie.
Ohio State fans know what that means. The town in Southwest Ohio has produced Buckeyes legends such as Jerry Lucas and Cris Carter, and Schwarber himself was an all-state linebacker for the school’s football team.
He also played alongside a key figure for Ohio State during the Buckeyes’ 2014 and 2015 seasons. Check out this blast from the past — linebacker Schwarber (left) next to then-quarterback Jalin Marshall:
— Marcus Hartman (@marcushartman) October 27, 2016
Schwarber and Marshall also had an encounter with Buckeyes legend Braxton Miller in the 2010 Ohio high school state playoffs, when Miller’s Huber Heights Wayne team ended Schwarber’s football career.
Reminder that Kyle Schwarber was just as terrible at tackling Braxton Miller in high school as everyone else: pic.twitter.com/SPkeQBBojx
— Ramzy Nasrallah (@ramzy) October 26, 2016
So while most of Ohio cheers for the Cleveland Indians this World Series, Middletown is siding more with the Midway.