In what was either the biggest Cubs news of the season or the most epic Twitter troll job ever, WSCR's Bruce Levine broke the news of Javier Baez's promotion to Chicago. Baez will be added to the 40-man roster and then to the 25-man MLB roster in time for Tuesday's game in Colorado.
The Cubs haven't given fans much to cheer about over the past few seasons, but this news triggered much rejoicing in the land. If you listen closely, you can probably still hear the last vestiges of the communal primal yell that went out just before 1pm CST.
I can't remember where I was just reading about some veiled meaning behind Jed Hoyer's recent words when he indicated that the trades weren't made to facilitate a promotion for Baez. Oh wait, I know where I read that; it was right here. Oh, some character named Dabynsky also discussed the signs pointing to a Baez promotion.
Or perhaps Starlin Castro, never really viewed as the most prescient fella, had something to do with it, as Tom Loxas just wrote earlier today.
Either way, you can change "He has to be here soon" to "He will be here tomorrow." And if you believe Gordon Wittenmyer, it sounds like Castro wasn't the only Cub hoping for a new teammate:
"Castro joined the growing clubhouse chorus calling for the chance to see what the Cubs’ No. 2 prospect can do in the big leagues down the stretch for a team that just had its roster blown up again in July," he wrote on Sunday.
And let's not forget about the other big winners here: Crane Kenney and the Cubs business department. This news is sure to be a huge shot in the arm for flagging ticket sales, particularly as it comes on the cusp of 13 home games in the next 3 weeks.
Baez's debut, like Junior Lake's last season, will take place at Coors Field, but what Cubs fans are really looking forward to is Friday, when Javy will grace the home crowd with his presence for the first time. Pretty sure there won't be any issues with having more gulls than gals in the bleachers this weekend.
But in the midst of all the elation and awe, I beg you to be wary of a couple caveats. It's entirely possible that Javier Baez won't hit a home run in his debut and it's also likely that he will actually struggle.
I point these things out because we just got everyone down off the ledges and I'd hate to see them get right back out there if he struggles out of the box. That's been his MO upon every promotion, but he's always made adjustments and has come out better for it.
This is one of the moments we've all be waiting for though, so enjoy it. If all goes to plan, Tuesday could be one of those moments that we look back on and say "Remember when?" Likewise, Friday could be a game for which the attendance number grows with time, until eventually every Cubs fan alive claims to have been there.
In the end, my hope is that this is the start of not only a golden age for the Cubs themselves, but of a return to civility between the factions of fans that have formed in the ranks. I also sincerely hope that I get to say "I told you so," but we're gonna have to wait a while on that.
For now, I Javy really good feeling about Baez and the Cubs.
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