Meet Fabian, the viral breakout star from the Cubs’ big win at Wrigley Field
In a Cubs game that featured big performances from Christopher Morel, Willson Contreras and Justin Steele, it was actually the security guard/ball boy down the left field line that stole the show Wednesday night.
Meet Fabian De Hoyos, the breakout star from the Cubs’ 8-3 victory at Wrigley Field.
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While Morel and Contreras were teaming up to nab a Reds runner at the plate and combining for 5 hits and 2 homers at the plate, Fabian was accumulating stats of his own in a busy night at the ole ballpark.
He was all over the broadcast and social media, even earning his own “extremely unofficial” stat line:
Fabian 🐐 ball boy pic.twitter.com/SvBBFBgnJV— Marquee Sports Network (@WatchMarquee) June 30, 2022
“It’s surreal because you don’t expect yourself to be on TV,” Fabian said after the game. “It’s pretty cool that they put the exact stats.”
Some were calling it “The Fabian Game.”
The Fabian Game.— OBVIOUS SHIRTS® (@obvious_shirts) June 30, 2022
Others started casting their votes for Fabian to head to L.A. next month for the All-Star Game:
I'm going to vote for Fabian for the All-Star game! #Cubs— iBlue Spider (@iBlueSpider) June 30, 2022
Fabian is an All Star! @BoogSciambi @JimDeshaies @Taylor_McGregor Make it trend people! Nothing better than watching the @Cubs— Wojohomack (@Wojohomack) June 30, 2022
Fabian said he found out during the game that he was going viral. He was getting notifications on his watch and phone starting in the 3rd inning and then the season ticket holders sitting nearby let him know, too.
Fabian will be right up there with Jim Deshaies’ cousin, Randy, in Cubs broadcast lore:
Fabian is the new cousin Randy. #IYKYK #Cubs— Taylor McGregor (@Taylor_McGregor) June 30, 2022
Fabian takes a lot of pride in his duty down the left field line.
“We actually try to give as much hustle as the players do,” he said. “We try to work just as hard and try to keep the game flowing. Whenever we get a ball or something like that, it’s all about the kids. Then once we do that, the job’s done. It’s all good.”