Javier Baez dug in to the right-handed batter’s box at Coors Field for the first at bat of his major league career. He should have been nervous; butterflies in his stomach, knees quivering slightly, ribs shaking with each breath, but the Chicago Cubs young infielder felt none of those as he stood there in front of 40,000 people. “I took it like a Spring Training game with a lot of fans and a lot of people," he said afterwards. Baez was able to maintain his composure through out last night’s extra inning affair (#freeBaseball), even after going 0-5 with three strikeouts to start his major league career. And it was that composure that ultimately made Baez the hero in his debut when he hit an 0-0 fastball from, Colorado Rockies reliever, Boone Logan 405 feet into the right-centerfield bullpen, watch the video here.
If there was ever a way to win the hearts of Cub fans everywhere, hitting a go-ahead bomb in extra innings is a great place to start. And not only did Javy hit a no-doubter in clutch situation, but he put his head down and ran the bases like a rookie should. There was no Yasiel Puig-type bat-flip, he didn’t watching it go from the batter’s box and there was no strut around the bases.
Baez has found himself in a good spot with the group that the Cubs have this fall because everyone believes in him and everyone wants to help him, including Carlos Villanueva who offered Baez these pieces of advice before his first game, per Carrie Muskat: “No. 1, don't be late. No. 2, don't forget refreshments for the team bus. And, No. 3, don't get noticed for the wrong reasons.”
Baez’s efforts last night definitely got him in the news for the right reasons and if he keeps it up and keeps his nose clean, it should to be an exciting fall in Chicago!
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