The game at Wrigley Field was arguably the most anticipated game this season by any Major League Team. it was the Wonder Kid’s debut at the Friendly Confines and despite the 10th inning loss to the Tampa Bay Rays by a score of 4-3, Javier Baez was exactly what my anointed nickname to him states; a “Wonder Kid.”
Imagine for a moment that a 2,3,4 batting lineup consisted of Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro. That would make any General Manager salivate at the prospect. But, that is exactly what the Cubs have in their arsenal. Those three batter’s ages combined is still younger than Mick Jagger. Where am I going with that, I don’t know, but it sure as hell sounded awesome to use Mick Jagger in the same sentence with Baez, Castro and Rizzo.
The euphoric state in the stands was evident, this was their chance, I’m sure there were a few tears of elation at seeing the Wonder Kid step to the plate and, yeah, he got his hit going to one knee with that mythic swing of his.
“They were very excited,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said of the fans. “You could sense it. [Baez] got to the plate and got a roaring ovation. … that’s pretty special. And we’re glad, because we’re starting to see some of the young men that have been talked about for a little while.”
However, I’m a little pragmatic in thinking that this Wonder Kid from Puerto Rico is going to swoop in and stomp on curses and stand in line for those big shiny rings players get when they’ve done something outstanding. No, there’s a lot of work to be done.
Baez needs to learn patience at the plate that so many crafty batters understand. Wily pitchers will eat Baez for brunch and lick their chops at that swing of his.
That’ll come though with time. The youth movement is officially here and it’s a great time to be a Chicago Cubs fan.