CHICAGO — David Bote avoided the traditional super-soaking from his Chicago Cubs teammates Sunday after coming through with a ninth-inning RBI single to walk off a 2-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

In a nod to an unusual circumstance, Bote received special dispensation because he had to hustle after the game to catch a flight to Colorado and be there with his wife, Rachel, who was scheduled to have labor induced for their third child. In other words, he became a PTBSL — Player To Be Soaked Later.

It was all good for the Cubs infielder, who earlier this month signed a five-year, $15 million extension and has gained a reputation as one of their best clutch performers. Bote now has four walk-off moments in two years, including the grand slam against the Washington Nationals on national TV that began the Bote legend.

Teammate Javier Baez said he and Bote were talking about the approaching birth Saturday at Wrigley Field.

“I didn’t know he was leaving, but he’s excited,” Baez said.

Baez said he remembered being in a similar situation as Bote last summer when his wife was expecting their first child.

“I had a baby June 28 and we were playing the last game in L.A.” he said. “I was supposed to fly the day before, and I didn’t get to see my baby born. But I saw it on Facetime, and next time I have a baby I won’t miss that. It was impressive. We knew Bote was going to be gone for a few days. … He’s going to be a huge part of this team and we need him back as soon as possible.”

But first things first. The soaking can wait.

— Chicago Tribune

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