Cubs' David Bote Still Living In The Moment

Improving his swing has been an offseason focus for Bote.

Inside the Clubhouse
January 22, 2019 - 12:12 pm

(670 The Score) What was arguably the most magical moment of the Cubs' 2018 season was featured prominently at the team's annual fan convention this past weekend. It was the highlight of infielder David Bote hitting a game-winning grand slam on Aug. 12.

The story of Bote has been celebrated plenty in Chicago, with the career minor leaguer emerging to make a major impact for the Cubs last season. His walk-off slam in the Cubs' 4-3 victory over the Nationals' served as a moment that he won't soon forget.

So, how often has Bote relived that swing?

"Not as much recently," Bote joked on Inside The Clubhouse this past Saturday.

For the 25-year-old Bote, the focus now is moving forward from his rookie season and helping the Cubs rebound in 2019. The team won 95 games last year but bowed out in the wild-card game to enter the offseason with a sour taste.

Bote said he has hardly reflected on his rookie campaign, in large part because he wants to keep the same forward-thinking demeanor that has helped him get to this point.

"I'm glad that everybody can get that for me," Bote said. "I have to be this way, so focused on the moment, focused on that day, whether I was in (Triple-A) Iowa or the big leagues.

"After the season, I really didn't (reflect) because I was so ready to get back to, 'How do I make my swing better this year? What were the holes that they were exploiting? Can I minimize those?'"

Bote hit .239 with six home runs, 33 RBIs and a .727 OPS in 74 games and 210 plate appearances in 2018. He will likely see time at second base and third base this season, though his role has yet to be clearly defined.

For his part, Bote continues to live in the moment the same way he has all along.

"I'm very meticulous in my pre-workout," he said. "My preparation, from ground balls to video study to my swings in the cage to on the field, I'm really meticulous about what I need to do to get ready. And some things have to give.

"I'm out here to win ballgames for the Chicago Cubs. That's my job and that comes first."