David Bote’s 9th inning reaction becomes the latest Cubs’ meme

Cubs third baseman David Bote reacts to Addison Russell's diving put-out in the ninth inning against the Brewers at Wrigley Field on September 11th.

CHICAGO – One thing that Social Media has helped to do is to make the reactions to something great just as popular as act being performed.

Typically the best are made into memes, and the Cubs have been no strangers to doing so during their recent run of success.

On Tuesday night, a Cubs shortstop’s play was so good, that it caused the third baseman to create such a rival reaction.

Addison Russell dove into the outfield to snag a grounder from the Brewers’ Ryan Braun in the ninth inning, then threw to first to get the runner just in time. The great play caught third baseman David Bote by surprise, and when Braun was called out, he turned towards the Cubs’ dugout with his mouth wide open in disbelief.

The WGN-TV broadcast caught the reaction perfectly, and quickly the Cubs and many others turned it into a meme.

Certainly the play was worth the attention as it got the second out of Pedro Strop’s save of a 3-0 Cubs victory, one that was arguably their biggest of the 2018 season. Milwaukee had climbed to within a game of the North Siders with a win on Monday and could have tied for first with a victory.

But on this night, the Cubs’ play and reactions were spot on to stay in first.

Here are a few more memes popping up online: