During the Cubs surprisingly competitive 2015 season, a celebratory trend started to develop. Whenever anyone reached based after a big or timely hit, that Cub would do a helmet rub in the direction of the Cubs dugout – presumably because a thumbs-up is no longer cool.
The celebration was so fun and well-received that the Cubs (as an organization) started featuring the unique celebration in their promos and one fan-made helmet with glued-on-hands even made its way into the Cubs dugout.
Fast-forward to 2016, and there are a lot of new faces in Chicago. Over the winter, for just a few examples, the team signed outfielder Jason Heyward, pitcher John Lackey and second baseman Ben Zobrist.
Now, Zobrist had gotten off to a scorchingly hot start in the 2016 season, but had hit a bit of a skid over the past few weeks. In fact, that skid left him 0-24 heading into the 7th inning of Saturday’s Cubs/Brewers match-up. But then, Zobrist did as Zobrist does, and busted his 0-fer with a hard-hit line drive single into right-center field.
With a hat tip to Cut4, the problem with not reaching base in nearly 30 plate appearances, is that you sometimes forget what you’re supposed to do once you get there:
Now to be fair, the Cubs have switched up their on-base celebration more than once this summer, never really landing on anything concrete, but it doesn’t look like Zobrist had any clue where to start.
While Cubs fans can be happy celebrating the slump-busting hit, we all win with results like this: