Chicago Cubs

Javier Baez draws comparisons to Bears great Gale Sayers after his latest magical move


After being asked to describe the latest theatrics of All-Star Javier Baez, teammate Willson Contreras smiled while delivering an accurate summation.


“We call him ‘El Mago’ for a reason,” said Contreras, referring to Baez’s Spanish nickname that translates to “The Magician.” “I love this guy.


Baez applied his instincts and talents to reach first base safely in the second inning of the Cubs’ 7-2 win over the Dodgers after swinging at a pitch several inches outside the strike zone.


Manager Joe Maddon said that third-base coach Brian Butterfield compared Baez to Bears Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers because of his shifty moves.


Dodgers manager Dave Roberts protested that Baez was out of the base line, but Maddon thought the play “looked kind of clean” after watching a replay.


Baez’s heads-up play occurred two days after admitted he didn’t hustle on a deep drive to right-center that eventually went for an RBI triple in the sixth inning of a 2-1 win over the Diamondbacks.






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