What was that I wrote yesterday?
Something about Javy Baez bringing a little something, something back to Cubs baseball?
Oh yeah, that was it...excitement.
It's possible you missed all the excitement while you slept. It turns out Mr. Baez delivered the boom late last night. In the 6th at-bat of his major-league debut, Baez launched a 414-foot, opposite field bomb off Boone Logan in the 12 th inning.
Because of course he did.
Previously, the kid had gone hitless, 0-5, including three punchouts.
Yet Baez never appeared to be rattled by the big stage or to be lacking a calm approach at the plate. At least his skipper Rick Renteria thought so, and shared this with Mark Gonzales after the Cubs 6-5 extra inning victory.
“He’s not anxious,” Renteria said. “He’s got a very powerful swing, and you guys are seeing that. For the first game, I’m sure he’s got it under his belt now and is going to say, ‘hey, I can do this.’ “
"I took it like a spring training game with a lot of fans and a lot of people,” Baez said.
With the bases loaded in the seventh inning, Baez had crushed a pitch deep to the opposite field, only that drive was caught on the right field warning track, turning out to be just a long, loud out. However, the sheer display of ability left the Cubs broadcast team giddy as the rest of the fans.
Baez. RIP baseball on that line out. Wow.
— Len Kasper (@LenKasper) August 6, 2014
It was telling a preview of what kind of impact Baez can have here. Get used to this sort of thing. This is likely what Baez will bring for the near future.
The power, the bat speed, the strikeouts. This is what we should come to expect until Baez settles into the kind of pro he will be. There will be many ups and downs as Baez navigates his way through the league and all were on display in his debut.
But the ups could carry a lot of weight for a team desperate for a spark.
It's not just the fans and Twitter that got a kick out of the kid's heroics either; starting pitcher Travis Wood did some clubhouse couch-slapping himself.
“We yelled,” Wood smiled.
Of course, if you're like me and had sleeping children in the house, you probably couldn't raise your voice too much. But I bet you were wide awake when the game ended.
And just like a baby, it appears the Cubs' new bundle of joy will be worth missing out on sleep for.
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