The legend of Javier Baez is only going to continue to grow, because soon he will to disappear into minor-league camp. He’ll live on through Twitter, box scores and the stories told by club officials. It will be obsession from afar by Cubs fans and the Chicago media. It’s too soon to start The Baez Watch, counting down and wondering when he’ll get to Wrigley Field, considering the 20-year-old shortstop will likely be joining his buddy Jorge Soler at Class-A Daytona. But one day Baez could give the Cubs some swagger. Alfonso Soriano wasn’t the first person to compare Baez to Gary Sheffield, and he won’t be the last. Coming off a 101-loss season and a hangover that’s lasted more than a century since their last World Series title – and becoming even more corporate in the post-Tribune Co. era – maybe the Cubs could use some attitude. “You need to have that kind of swagger,” catcher Welington Castillo said Sunday. “That’s what Sori told me. He told everybody: ‘Be respectful of the game, but think to yourself: Hey, you can do it. You’re the guy. You’re the man. You can play here.’” If the Cubs did hit the jackpot with the ninth overall pick in the 2011 draft, people are going to keep talking about the walk-off, called shot Baez delivered against Team Japan. That was part of a run in which he homered on three straight pitches, and four times in five at-bats over two days.
One day, Javier Baez could give the Cubs some swagger
CSN Chicago | Mar 18