Chicago Cubs: #4. Bote, Bote, Bote, Bote – rockin’ everywhere
8/13/18: Chicago Cubs 4 -Nationals 3
After splitting the first two games against the Nats, the Cubs found themselves on Sunday Night Baseball facing ace Max Scherzer. Per usual, Mad Max showed up and showed out for his Nats, throwing seven scoreless innings while striking out 11.
The bullpen was able to contain the Cubs in the eighth, and after a few insurance runs, Washington took a 3-0 into the bottom of the ninth, on the verge of winning a season-changing game. With nothing doing on offense all game, there was little hope that anything would happen.
But all of the sudden, with Ryan Madsen pitching for the Nats, the Cubs started to get baserunners. Jason Heyward singled, Albert Almora and Willson Contreras both got hit by the pitch and, just like that, the bases were loaded.
With two outs, David Bote stepped up. With the clutch performances he showed Cubs nation earlier in the year, there was some hope that just maybe, he could send the Cubs home victorious. And with a 2-2 count, Bote did just that. He smashed a ball all the way into the center field shrubbery. A walk-off slam and a miraculous, improbable 4-3 win for the Cubs. Undoubtedly the craziest win of the Cubs 2018 season, and for that reason, it finds the top spot.
The Cubs truly did have a great 2018 season filled with so many feel-good moments. With a ton of energy and youth to build on, 2019 has the potential for a lot more greatness.