Cubs Star Ian Happ Dishes on His Game-Day Routine and His Expectations for This Season
By Seth Putnam, photography by Sam Grant| July 26, 2018 |
As baseball fever hits its summer heights, MLB newcomer Ian Happ is exactly where he wants to be—wearing Cubbie blue and aiming to become the city’s next star slugger.
Shirt, $135, by James Perse; jacket, $398, by John Varvatos; jeans, $205, by Frame; shoes, $150, by Ecco, all at Nordstrom. Bag and jewelry, Happ’s own.
When Ian Happ walloped the ball over the right field wall at Marlins Park in Miami on the first pitch of the 2018 season—mirroring the way he crushed a home run in his very first game as a major leaguer last year—he rounded the bases calmly. He’d been there before, and he’d surely be there again.
It was just another day at the office for the 23-year-old Pittsburgh native, who attended the University of Cincinnati on a baseball scholarship before the Cubs drafted him in 2015. Promoted to the majors last May, Happ delivered in spades, hitting .253, tallying 24 home runs and generating serious buzz for the 2018 season.
Shirt, $125, by APC at Saks Fifth Avenue. Jacket, $1,590, by Givenchy at Neiman Marcus. Jeans, $215, by Frame at Nordstrom. Jewelry, Happ’s own.
Equally impressive is how comfortably Happ has settled into the rhythm of the big leagues, already carving out a reputation as the “old man” of the Cubs dugout. “The first thing I do on game day is walk around the clubhouse with a cup of coffee,” says the center fielder of how he gets into the zone. “That’s kind of my old-man trademark.”
Happ’s affinity for breakfast, golf and scotch add to his old-soul persona. His go-to order is scrambled eggs and a single pancake; he hits the links a few times a month; and he eschews beer after a win in favor of something brown and peaty.
T-shirt, $185, by Lanvin; dress shirt, $105, by Mizzen+Main; champion jacket, $498, by Todd Snyder; shoes, $225, by Vince, all at Nordstrom. Pants, $425, by Public School at Neiman Marcus. Jewelry, Happ’s own.
The new season saw a slower start for the slugger, but manager Joe Maddon has publicly backed the young star, saying he needs more major league experience, not less. It’s a long season, and as far as Happ is concerned, it’s business as usual.
“It’s incredible coming to work at Wrigley every day,” he enthuses. “It’s not intimidating or overwhelming. I’ve always been a hard worker. This team is going to compete for a championship in the division and in the league.”