THE STRIKE ZONE
Sometimes Sports, Sometimes Sportsmanship
"You don't get in front of a man and his nachos."
That quote from Cubs shortstop Addison Russell summed up a fantastic scene at Busch Stadium toward the end of the 2017 MLB Regular Season.
During a game between the Cubs and the Cardinals, Russell ran towards the stands in an almost Derek-Jeter-like fashion to make a catch and fly into the seats. The problem? Russell fell into a Cardinals fan and his big tray of nachos. Andrew Gudermuth would forever be known as "Nachoman" following the incident as a result.
So what happened? Well, Russell didn't catch the foul ball...in fact, Jedd Gyorko finished the at-bat with a homer. But the staff at Busch stadium brought Gudermuth a complimentary new plate of loaded nachos for him to enjoy.
But it doesn't stop there.
Between innings, Russell ran out to Gudermuth with a tray of plain nachos (with cheese) in an act of contrition. He even posed for a few selfies with Gudermuth.
In a rivalry as tense as that between the Cubs and Cardinals, this is how you put things in perspective: by remembering that the fans are humans, and it's very easy to make new friends, even if they don't root for your team. I guarantee you that Gudermuth probably will never boo Russell again, nor will he think of the Cubs as a hated rival in the same way.
That's the power of nachos.
Baseball player, umpire, coach, fan; professional musician; founder, President & CEO of The OSIP Foundation, Inc.