Cubs shortstop Addison Russell replaced a fan's nachos after they were destroyed during a foul ball

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.

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Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell knocks over a fan's tray of nachos as he falls into the stands reaching for a foul ball by St. Louis Cardinals' Jedd Gyorko in the second inning during a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Russell was unable to make the catch and Gyorko subsequently hit a solo home run. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS via Getty Images)
Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell knocks over a fan's tray of nachos as he falls into the stands reaching for a foul ball by St. Louis Cardinals' Jedd Gyorko in the second inning during a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Russell was unable to make the catch and Gyorko subsequently hit a solo home run. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS via Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 25: Addison Russell #27 of the Chicago Cubs attempts to catch a foul ball against the St. Louis Cardinals in the second inning at Busch Stadium on September 25, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 25: Addison Russell #27 of the Chicago Cubs attempts to catch a foul ball against the St. Louis Cardinals in the second inning at Busch Stadium on September 25, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell (27) replaces a fan's nachos who lost them when Russell went into the stands after a ball during the second inning of their game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium Monday, Sept. 25, 2017 in St. Louis. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
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Russell made sure everyone in the area was okay, and went to wipe the cheese, jalepenos, and pico de gallo from his sleeves.

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.

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.

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.

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