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Chicago Cubs slugger Ian Happ has told British fans to expect a high-speed, all-action show when baseball returns to London next summer.
Happ’s Cubs will face the St Louis Cardinals at West Ham’s London Stadium in a two-match series, which was first scheduled for June 2020 but was cancelled due to the Covid pandemic.
British fans turned up in their droves for the first London Series in 2019, between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, with almost 60,000 in attendance for both games - the highest MLB has seen since 2003.
Chicago Cubs slugger Ian Happ is relishing his chance to play in London next summer
The Cubs will take on the St Louis Cardinals in a two-game series at the London Stadium
And Happ, a switch-hitting outfielder who has played his entire career with the Cubs since his debut in 2017, is determined to make next year’s match-up worth the wait.
Asked what would keep the crowds coming back in June, Happ said: ‘The speed of the game. We have pitchers throwing 100-plus miles an hour, guys are hitting the ball harder than they ever have.
‘There’s just tremendous athletes all over the field and that’s what makes us really exciting.
‘It’s similar to cricket