PR exec longs to be a Cubs bat girl

cubsWICHITA — Wichita native Susan Howe is president of the Chicago office of the international PR firm Weber Shandwick, but her true passion seems to be baseball.

That’s why she’s flying in for Koyie Hill’s Big Wish gala fund-raiser for Make-A-Wish on Saturday at Hartman Arena.

Hill is a catcher for Howe’s beloved Chicago Cubs, and one of the auction items for the evening is to be a bat boy for the Cubs one day at spring training.

“Spring training is almost a holiday for my family because it’s celebrating the return of baseball,” Howe says.

Her father, Al Vargo, is a die-hard Shocker fan, and Howe and her husband wear their Shocker hats every time Hill is catching for the Cubs.

“I don’t think anyone knows what the WuShock is,” she says.

Howe strategized for how she’d win the auction. She liked that it was for spring training instead of a game at Wrigley Field so there would be less pressure.

But then Howe learned the devastating news that no one over 18 can be a bat boy.

She’s now regrouped and decided to bid on throwing out the first pitch for a Cub’s game.

“But the bat boy or girl on that day had better watch out!”