ST. LOUIS (KMOX)-As the foul ball off Jedd Gyorko’s bat came toward his front row seats down Busch Stadium’s left-field line, Andrew Gudermuth stood and backed away. Then, “Out of nowhere,” he recalls, “(Addison) Russell comes in, dives over the wall and actually takes my girlfriend out and actually pushes her back into her chair. He slid over my nephew’s back in the process” In doing so, the Chicago Cubs shortstop knocks an order of loaded nachos out of his nephew’s hand and into his girlfriend’s lap and then, as Gudermuth describes it, “drop-kicked mine out of my hands.”
In that instant Gudermuth, the recently promoted manager of the Solstice Sunglass Outlet store in Chesterfield, became #nachoman.
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“I was really worried about my nachos,” Gudermuth said Tuesday morning, “when I should have probably been more worried about by girlfriend.” He says she’s fine, but was sleeping off a bit of a headache on Tuesday morning.
It didn’t take long for Gudermuth to become a celebrity. “All of sudden people started coming up and bringing, like, empty nacho trays. One kid actually came up and had me sign his chest with cheese, a cup of nacho cheese.”
Then the Cardinals stepped up. “They came down and asked me what I had on my nachos and they brought me back an entire tray of loaded nachos. They came down and asked if our shirts were okay and they actually replaced my shirt and my girlfriends shirt. They took us up to the Team Store and they got me a new shirt and gave her a new shirt.” Fans also pitched in. “Throughout the game they were bringing down beers and the Italian shaved ice, which was kind of cool. It was just a lot of nice people. It gave me a lot more respect for the Cubs, as a Cardinals fan. It made me realize they look out for their fans.”
A while later, Russell came out of the dugout and presented him with an order of plain nachos. “I didn’t expect him to be as nice as he was,” Gudermuth says. “He came over and he shook my hand and he apologized and handed me the nachos and took a picture with us. It kind of shocked a few of the Cardinals fans, I guess. I took a picture with a Cubs fan (sic) that basically slide tackled my girlfriend.”
But the fact the Cardinals gave him loaded nachos, while the Cubs gave him plain nachos with a cup of cheese, didn’t escape Gudermuth, who tweeted:
Within an hour of the posting, Gudermuth says the tweet had 7,600 likes and 3,000 retweets.
But that’s not all. While the man behind him got the foul ball that made Gudermuth famous, he got three during the game, including one off Russell’s bat. He gave the third one to a kid. “I turned around and there was a little kid who looked like he couldn’t necessarily get up to the front to catch it and everything. So I turned around and was talking to his mom. He came over a little bit later and actually asked me for a picture and everything. It was very interesting and very nice to see.”
And all this happened at the first game Gudermuth has been able to go to in a year. “We couldn’t go last year because my mom was going through chemo.” His grandfather bought them the front row seats. “My grandpa surprised us with them. He knew we really wanted to go a Cardinal game so he bought us tickets and everything. We didn’t expect any of that to happen.”