Sunday 4X4: Bote Makes Homecoming Something to Remember
David Bote spent the past six summers working his way through the Chicago Cubs farm system, hoping to get a big-league opportunity. And when that opportunity arrived on Saturday night, it couldn't have been in a better place.
The Faith Christian Academy alum was called up by the Cubs when Ben Zobrist was placed on the disabled list, and he was immediately put into the lineup as the starting third baseman at Coors Field, where he grew up watching big-league baseball.
And then, with his father, long-time Colorado high school coach Bob watching from the stands, Bote delivered a double on the second pitch he was thrown in his first MLB plate appearance.
Born April 7, 1993, two days after the expansion Rockies played the first game in franchise history, Bote was given the ball he hit for the double.
"(Kyle) Schwarber told me if I didn't swing at the first strike I saw, he'd yell at me," said Bote, an 18th round draft choice of the Cubs out of Neosho County Junior College in 2012. "And (Anthony) Rizzo said, `You only get one chance to hit the first pitch (of your career) out of the yard."
He did not disappoint.
“You feel they’re in that at-bat with you," he said. "It’s a huge thing with this team. Everybody is in that at-bat with you so that when you get that hit, they feel it for you. They’re experiencing it with you. It’s just great to have that support, and it’s a great group of guys to play with.”
And there aren't many chances to get to do that in front of friends and family.
“I got to see (my parents) before the game and saw them up there where they were sitting,” he said. "It’s special. It really is, to see (my father’s journey) and then my journey through it all is pretty rewarding.”
Bob Bote is the current baseball coach at Standley Lake High School. His resume includes five state titles as the coach at Niwot.
How big was the Rockies five-run rally with two out in the fifth inning of Saturday's 5-2 victory against the Cubs? Well, the Rockies scored more runs with two out in that inning than they had in 12 of their previous 21 games this season. And a critical part of that rally was that pitcher Tyler Anderson worked Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish for a two-out walk that set up the inning.
"Definitely the walk," Anderson said when asked what he felt was his biggest moment in the game. "It's a big situation with two out. A lot of times I make an out and the inning is over. Instead we extend the inning and get DJ up there."
DJ LeMahieu followed the walk with a run-scoring double, then came a two-run single from Gerardo Parra,. After a walk of Charlie Blackmon, Nolan Arenado singled home a run, and Trevor Story doubled in another.
How big was Anderson's walk? Well, it was only the 11th time he has reached base in 83 plate appearances, including 10 sacrifice bunts. And it was only the third time in 41 plate appearances since the start of the 2017 season.
How big was the five-run fifth? Well, it equaled the biggest inning of the season for the Rockies, who have scored fewer than five runs in 12 games. The Rockies also scored five runs in the fourth inning of a March 30 game at Arizona, which the Rockies lost 9-8. The offense has scored three runs in an inning seven times.
The Rockies stole two bases Saturday, and one of them was at a critical moment -- by Gerardo Parra in the midst of the five-run fifth. The Rockies have 13 stolen bases in the first 22 games of the season. It is a statement of the lessening of thievery in MLB that the Rockies rank fourth in the NL in stolen bases.