After blasting his second home run in as many games, I think it's clear that Javy Baez has leapt from atop the list of top prospects right into the pantheon of all-time great Cubs. Anson, Brown, Wilson, Hartnett, Wrona, Banks, Williams, Santo, Sandberg*, Ramos, Jenkins, Pico. The list goes on.
He might be the best player on the North Side right now and he will be a front-runner for ROY, MVP this year. Baez will eventually lead the team to multiple World Series titles, and then will go into Hall of Fame in a Cubs cap and not some blank lid like that scrub wannabe Maddux.
Listen: he knocked out a car window with a BP blast. Who does that? The only way this kid could possibly be any better would be if his name was either Javier Bryant or Kris Baez. Hyperbole, schmyperbole.
At least, that seems to be the popular sentiment flooding through fans short on reality and long on hope. But I've got a message to anyone clamoring for him to break camp with the Cubs: Simma down now!
Okay, all joking aside, I love this kid's swagger and his swing, the latter of which is Sheffieldian in its violence. Dude takes his cuts with seemingly no regard for human life. I really do half-expect to see a redux of the scene from The Natural, the one in which Roy Hobbs literally tears the cover of the ball with a particularly vicious hack. Maybe Baez is at least part Wonderboy.
And thanks to Brett Taylor over at Bleacher Nation, we've got a video of said swing and its result on Wednesday afternoon.
Pardon me, but I'm getting a little swooney here; maybe even verklempt. Give me a moment. Here's a topic: frozen rope is neither frozen nor a rope. Talk amongst yourselves.
Thank you, much better now. It's a little harder to poke fun at all the adulation being heaped on this kid when you actually see something like that. The frightening beauty that's on display when Baez uncoils his bat in its destructive arc...gah. No words.
But, difficult though it may be, we all need to curb our base desires to demand his promotion. After all, you're going to have plenty of time to watch him at Wrigley, maybe even for the majority of the 2014 season. So with both the present and more distant future in mind, the Cubs too will fight the urge to throw caution to the wind with their future star.
Baez might throw haymakers at the plate, but Justin Jabs (new CI contributor whose first post will run later today) lays out the specifics of the whole time service aspect of Javy's call-up and why keeping him in the minors for a little more seasoning is best for the club in the long run.
If keeping him under club control at a lower number for longer is the result, then I'm all for sacrificing a few games in April and May. Fans want what's best for the team, but sometimes the selfish desires for what's best for them, for us, cloud the recognition of the greater good.
For now, Baez will be able to build upon his Bunyan-esque myth in the minors, which is really what's best for both Javy and the organization. So is he the best Cub ever? No. Well, not yet.
*Really, Baseball-Reference.com, that's the picture you chose for Ryno? For shame.
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