WATCH: Bote talks about equaling Cubs legend's single-game RBI record
|Thursday, June 6, 2019, 4:19 PM- -|
On Wednesday night, Chicago Cubs infielder David Bote set a new career high for himself by tallying seven RBI in the Cubs' 9-8 win over the Colorado Rockies. A 3-run homer, a 3-run double and a 1-run single led to Bote driving in seven of the nine runs scored by the Cubs on the night. For the first time in his career, Bote went 4-for-4 at the plate.
The seven RBI matched a single-game record for a Cubs player, tying Bote with legendary second baseman Ryne Sandberg, who accrued seven RBI in a 1984 game against the St. Louis Cardinals that is appropriately known as the "Sandberg Game." Sandberg went on to win the 1984 National League MVP. Fittingly, Bote made a rare start at second base on Wednesday and channeled the great "Ryno." Prior to Thursday's game, Bote was interviewed by NBC Sports Chicago reporter Kelly Crull and was asked about what it meant to him to equal Sandberg's Cubs record.
"That's definitely humbling to be in the conversation with Ryno," Bote said. "He's a Hall of Famer and an unbelievable Cub, baseball player and person."
Entering the game with 23 RBI on the season, Bote increase his season RBI total to 30 by way of just three at-bats. A Colorado native, Bote made his big-league debut last season in a game against the Rockies and experienced perhaps the best hitting performance of his career against the Rockies last night. While Bote still has a long way to go before becoming a Cubs legend, such as Sandberg, the second-year slugger is well on his way there.