While the interesection of sports and politics has become a lightning rod of attention and discussion in recect days after the president’s divisive comments and visible, widespread protests across the NFL, it’s good to remember that sports can also serve as a great unifier.
Take for example Cubs shortstop Addison Russell. Playing against the Cardinals in St. Louis, Russell dove into the opposing crowd in an attempt to catch a foul ball. In the act of going for the catch, he knocked an almost-full tray of nachos out of the hands of a Cardinals fan and onto the field, ruining a perfectly crafted snack.
Russell made sure everyone in the area was okay, and went to wipe the cheese, jalepenos, and pico de gallo from his sleeves.
Addison Russell: hates your nachos. pic.twitter.com/nnkYB1lNej
— Brett Taylor (@BleacherNation) September 26, 2017
As anyone who has ever dropped a superb meal on the floor can imagine, the fan who lost the nachos was devastated. Identified as Andrew Gudermuth, he can be seen here as a man, broken, and without nachos.
— Ryan Lawrence (@ryanlawrence21) September 26, 2017
Thankfully, Russell was not one to leave a fan empty-handed. Later in the game, he emerged from the Cubs dugout with a fresh tray for Gudermuth, offering more apologies and well wishes. Gudermuth, delighted, accepted the nachos and caught a selfie with the opposing player.
— FOX Sports Midwest (@FSMidwest) September 26, 2017
Addison Russell dumped this guys nachos and he got some more. Epic selfie. ????
— Cubs Live (@Cubs_Live) September 26, 2017
Altogether, the scene is an important reminder that no matter which team you choose to support, there are some things that are greater than ourselves that can serve to bring us together in brief moments of human connection.
And two of those things are baseball and nachos.