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Fans pack Four Winds Field to see World Champion

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Major League Baseball champion and Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward had a rehab start Thursday in South Bend.

Thousands of fans showed up just to get a glimpse of the star. Before the game started there were long lines of fans trying to get tickets and their chance to see Heyward in action.

The sun was shining and there was a nice breeze in the air. It was a perfect night for some baseball.

Four Winds Field was packed as fans eagerly waited for the game to start. The hot dogs were warm, the ice cream sweet and the beer was cold.

It was a fun outing for life long Cubs fans like Taylor Hostetler and her family.

“I've always been a Cubs fan because he's always been a Cubs fan. So it kind of runs in the family,” Hostetler said.

Before the game started, Heyward warmed up with the other players and even took some time to greet fans and sign some baseball before taking his spot in right field and then leading off at the bottom of the first inning.

Monica Kegerreis says she jumped at the chance to see Heyward in person.

“When I heard this morning that he was going to be rehabbing here tonight, I immediately went online to see if tickets were still available to get out here for the game,” Kegerreis said.

It's rare but not unheard of to see a MLB player make a rehab start with the Class A South Bend Cubs. Dexter Fowler did it last season, and now that's exactly what Heyward is doing. He was put on the 10-day disabled list after injuring his finger, and fans are eager to see him return to Chicago.

“They've been struggling lately, but it looks like they're starting to get their groove back. With him coming back I think it'll help them just that much more,” said fan Noah Lipsky.

Fans say Heyward is a great outfielder, and he is starting to get his groove back when it comes to hitting. They hope after his performance here Thursday he will be closer to returning to the friendly confines of Wrigley Field.

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