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Cubs’ Ben Zobrist got caught in real-life ‘Seinfeld’ moment

Jerry Seinfeld had trouble when he rented a car.
Jerry Seinfeld had trouble when he rented a car.

“See, you know how to take the reservation. You just don’t know how to hold the reservation, and that’s really the most important part of the reservation — the holding. Anybody can just take ’em.”

I doubt that Chicago Cubs star Ben Zobrist actually said those words, but wouldn’t it be great if he did?

Zobrist was late to the Cubs’ game in Cincinnati on Tuesday night, because he went home during Monday’s off-day, then flew into Nashville, rented a car and drove to the ballpark.

One problem: there was no car when he first got to Nashville.

“Zo made it into a ‘Seinfeld’ episode today where he had a reservation for a vehicle in Nashville,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon explained to the Chicago Tribune. “When he got there, they failed to hold the reservation. Thus he was late getting the vehicle, thus he got caught in traffic.”

In season three of “Seinfeld,” Jerry reserves a car only to find out that the vehicle he wanted (a mid-size car) is not there when he arrives. That led to his quote above.

Zobrist’s situation was worse: there were no cars at all. Zobrist blamed Monday’s solar eclipse for his predicament. People in Nashville traveled to be in the path of totality and didn’t return their vehicles before he arrived, Zobrist said in an interview with reporters.

“And every other place we went, there was nothing,” Zobrist told the Tribune’s Mark Gonzales. “It took about 1 1/2 hours to get anything available.”

Although Zobrist was scratched from the lineup, it all worked out in the end. He came on as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning and delivered a two-run double in the Cubs’ 13-9 win.

Still, Zobrist wasn’t happy with himself.

“I’ve had nightmares about being late to games before and then you show up and you can’t stay in the lineup because you’re showing up too late; it was a tough day,” Zobrist told reporters.

One question I’ve wondered: Did Zobrist get the insurance?*

*You “Seinfeld” fans know what I’m talking about

Here is the bit from “Seinfeld” about the car reservation:

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff