Wow: Vets Came to Joe Maddon to Insist That David Bote Start Today

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Wow: Vets Came to Joe Maddon to Insist That David Bote Start Today

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We were loving on David Bote this morning after his two-homer game, not only because of the massive bombs, but mostly because of the absurd improvements he’s made so far this year.

Turns out, his teammates – including the veterans on the club – were feeling the same way. And, despite Joe Maddon making out lineups for a series before the series begins, those vets pushed Maddon to make a change today:

As Rogers reports, it very well may have been led by Ben Zobrist, who was supposed to start today instead of Bote.

That’s pretty darn incredible, and it says a lot not only about what the players think of Bote’s ability, but about the character of the men in that clubhouse. I’m floored right now. It’s awesome.

And the Bote story – a non-prospect org guy who worked his butt off and became a real prospect, earned an extension, becomes a real big league contributor – gets better and better.

(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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