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David Bote's family and friends had some incredible - and hilarious - reactions to his walk-off grand slam

David Bote's family and friends had some incredible - and hilarious - reactions to his walk-off grand slam

It was the type of moment that transcends baseball.

So many people who are not Cubs fans or not avid baseball followers saw David Bote's grand slam Sunday night and were moved by the excitement and drama of it all.

Bote has had a whirlwind couple of days since that epic moment, which will go down as one of the most memorable plays in Cubs franchise history.

His celebration was iconic, but how his family and friends took in that moment may have been just as good.

Bote and his wife, Rachel, live right near Wrigley Field with their two kids. Rachel initially did not have Sunday's game on the TV, but flipped it on three pitches into her husband's at-bat, as David recounted to Kelly Crull in a 1-on-1 interview Tuesday:

"She had a really cool perspective," Bote said. "She just turned on the game and it was 1-2, because she knew it was kinda getting toward the end of the game. She realized I was up and she's like, 'Uh oh, I've missed all these things.'

"We can see Wrigley Field from our apartment. She watched the rest of the at-bat and she opened the door just to kinda hear what was going on. She watched the hit and then she heard Wrigley Field erupt and she took a picture of Wrigley Field, bright lights and just listening to the crowd singing, 'Go Cubs Go' and screaming and she could watch it on TV. 

"So it was kinda cool. Because she's had to grind it out with us as well — six years in the minors. So for her, she goes, her words were, 'Sometimes baseball gives you a moment to just sit back and enjoy.' So it was really cool to hear her say that."

Their 2-year-old daughter, Shayli, was happy for her dad, but had more important concerns:

"My daughter was very nervous about the jersey-ripping," Bote laughed. "She called it a 'sweater.' I mean, I answered that question like 70 times. 'What happened, Dad?! What happened?!' I'm like, 'It's OK!'"

Bote has heard from a lot of different people after the grand slam, including hugging Bill Murray on the field. He also received text messages from David Ross and Ryan Dempster and got admittedly "geeked out." 

"I'm like, 'Oh my goodness, Ryan Dempster and David Ross texted me??'" Bote said. "I think it's so cool. They're such good dudes."

When told about Theo Epstein's reaction that he got more texts about that grand slam that after some of the World Series games, Bote was speechless for a moment before getting back into the team-centric mindset.

"I don't even know what to say to that," he responded. "That's incredible. I'm blessed and humbled. Again, it's just one step towards what we're trying to do here — which is to be back in the World Series and win the final game.

"If that [win is] a catapult, then that's awesome. If not, then we're just taking it day-by-day. As cliche as it sounds, that is the truth of it."

Bote isn't on social media apart from a private Facebook account. He tries to keep it just for family and friends, but random people have reached out.

"I've had quite a few Facebook messenger messages from people," he said. "It was funny — someone said, 'I proposed and you made it that much more special.' And, 'It was my first Cubs game and it was a great win!' Things that you don't know you impact and that's cool to hear."

But life moves on. Bote was back at Wrigley field Tuesday afternoon for the Cubs' loss to the Brewers and yes, he had a new "sweater" from the team.

Though that won't keep his daughter's questions at bay.

"I guarantee she'll still ask about it tonight."

They're making a Cubs movie — and Bill Murray might play Joe Maddon


They're making a Cubs movie — and Bill Murray might play Joe Maddon

Bill Murray as Joe Maddon? Yes please.

Apparently the folks in Hollywood are making a Cubs movie — or more accurately, they're making a movie based on David Ross' book, "Teammate."

And, according to a report from Deadline, Murray, the legendary Cubs fan and comedic actor that he is, is in talks to play the skipper who guided the Cubs to their curse-smashing World Series win last fall.

“Are you serious?” said manager Joe Maddon when finding out. “He’s much better looking than me. And second of all, it’s very flattering if that is true. He would totally dig on that, just the part of being on the baseball field as a manager.”

That's some dream casting right there. Here's hoping history is slightly rewritten for the movie so Murray's Maddon gets to bust a ghost or two before Game 7.

There's no other casting news in the report, but this seems like a good plan considering Game 7 of the World Series seemed straight out of a movie, what with the home runs and the blown save and the rain delay and the 108-year baseball curse broken and all.

And Murray should be able to bring some real-life emotion to the role. He was there, after all.

Next question: Who does Eddie Vedder get to play?

Bill Murray accepts Cubs' ESPY for Best Moment, continues to celebrate World Series win

Bill Murray accepts Cubs' ESPY for Best Moment, continues to celebrate World Series win

Has Bill Murray stopped celebrating the Cubs' World Series win yet? Apparently not.

Murray, a die-hard Cubs fan, accepted the Cubs' ESPY award for Best Moment on Wednesday, which the North Siders earned by ending an 108-year drought after beating the Cleveland Indians in seven games to bring home the Commissioner's Trophy.

When Murray took the stage, he basically just continued to celebrate the Cubs' World Series win with David Ross and actor Nick Offerman.

Take a look:

Ross also broke out some of his moves from Dancing with the Stars. (He even warned us)

The scene ended with everybody pouring champagne on each other's heads. Because why not?

Click here to watch the full video.