"El Mago" disregarded his injury concerns by going for it all on an infield single. (Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports)
"El Mago" disregarded his injury concerns by going for it all on an infield single. (Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports)

WATCH: Baez goes all out on headfirst slide at first base


by - Senior Writer -

Even in the throes of recovery from a lingering heel injury, Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez could not stifle his inner "El Mago" in a pivotal situation against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night. With the Cubs clinging to a 2-run lead at Wrigley Field, Baez went all out in an effort to pick up an infield single in the bottom of the eighth.

While he likely made Cubs management cringe in the process, Baez slid headfirst into the first-base bag in an effort to beat out a charging defender after hitting a dribbler in between first and second. The slide was successful, as Baez was safe at first. In the next at-bat, right fielder Carlos Gonzalez hit a 1-out sacrifice fly that scored third baseman Kris Bryant, thereby making Baez's effort worth it. Luckily, Baez escaped injury on the play, which was made possible by his magical alter-ego.

Comment on this story
Print   
Send Feedback to Cole Little: Email | Comment
Chicago Cubs lineup vs. Cardinals: David Bote at 2B, Willson Contreras at DH
Chicago Cubs lineup vs. Cardinals: David Bote at 2B, Willson Contreras at DH
Cubs, DraftKings host signing ceremony at Wrigley Field
Cubs, DraftKings host signing ceremony at Wrigley Field
WATCH: Nelson Velazquez with El-Mago type slide into second base
WATCH: Nelson Velazquez with El-Mago type slide into second base
Cubs Roster Moves: Daniel Norris to 15-day IL, pitcher recalled
Cubs Roster Moves: Daniel Norris to 15-day IL, pitcher recalled
Post your comments!
Sign Up for E-Mail News Alerts
Features
Breaking
Daily Digest