Cubs' Pederson brought souvenirs to the people in San Diego

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Chicago Cubs' Joc Pederson looks at the dugout and celebrates his two-run double off St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Genesis Cabrera during the 7th inning Friday at Wrigley Field.

    Chicago Cubs' Joc Pederson looks at the dugout and celebrates his two-run double off St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Genesis Cabrera during the 7th inning Friday at Wrigley Field. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 6/12/2021 8:25 PM

The Cubs once made a TV ad about the fictional "Bryzzo Souvenir Company."

First-year Cubs outfielder Joc Pederson put the idea to fruition this week in San Diego. He posted a Instagram video of one of his friends walking around Petco Park and handing out Pederson-signed baseballs to fans wearing Cubs gear.

 

Before Saturday's game at Wrigley Field, Pederson talked about how he came up with the idea.

"A lot of people have been asking for autographs at the stadium, outside the hotels, batting practice, stuff like that," he said. "To be on the safer side, we're not supposed to (sign). Fans play a huge part in our game and just tried to give them a better experience.

"A person I work with with my social media, he was in town in San Diego and we were able to do something cool and I think it had a lot of good feedback. So I'm glad the fans enjoyed it and I plan to do it some more times on the road and get the fans involved as much as possible."

Pederson also enjoyed playing in front of a full bleachers on Friday, with capacity back to 100% at Wrigley.

"Left field, they're pretty rowdy out there. It's fun," he said. "There's a good group out there. Just enjoying my time."

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