Nashville lawmaker to honor World Series MVP, Franklin resident Ben Zobrist

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Franklin Mayor declares the day 'Ben Zobrist Day' before the MVP joins Christmas parade as the grand marshal

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World Series MVP and Franklin resident Ben Zobrist was grand marshal for the 32nd Annual Kiwanis Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016.(Photo: Shelley Mays / File / The Tennessean)Buy Photo

While Tennessee might not have a Major League Baseball team, that has not stopped one Nashville lawmaker from celebrating the state‘s connection to America‘s pastime and the champion Chicago Cubs.

Nashville state Rep.  filed a resolution honoring Franklin resident and World Series Most Valuable Player Ben Zobrist this past week in the Tennessee General Assembly.

“I wanted to make a point to honor him because he has been a longtime champion of youth in baseball, and has always gone above and beyond for the children,” Clemmons, a lifelong Cubs fan and promoter for youth sports organizations, said.

lives in Franklin with his wife, Julianna, and their three children. After playing with the World Series champion Royals in 2015, Zobrist signed a four-year $56 million deal with the Cubs. The switch hitter went on to lead the Cubs to their first World Series Win in 108 years, ending the longest professional championship drought in history. Zobrist was named the Series MVP after driving in the first of two go-ahead runs in the top of the 10th inning for a dramatic Game 7 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

This isn‘t the first local honor for Zobrist. Franklin Mayor Ken Moore declared Dec. 3  when the MVP served as the grand marshal of the annual Christmas parade.

“He‘s a stalwart in the community and a great role model,” Clemmons said. He does not expect any difficulties getting his resolution passed, even from rival Cardinal fans.

“I would hope that we can put aside our differences and honor this great man,” Clemmons said.

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