Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez seemingly defied gravity with a spectacular leaping catch on Friday.
Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez seemingly defied gravity with a spectacular leaping catch on Friday.

WATCH: Javier Baez seems to hover in midair while making great catch


by - Senior Writer -

PITTSBURGH — Back in the lineup after missing Thursday's game due to an illness, Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez did not take long to flash the leather on Friday, as he snagged a line drive with a leaping catch in the second inning. Robbing Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell of a hit, Baez pulled off a backhanded grab in midair.

Baez seemed to float while jumping up to secure the catch at PNC Park. Bell would have tallied a leadoff base knock if not for Baez's athleticism, as "El Mago" added defying gravity to his long list of skills. Later on, "Javy" notched a similar web gem when he caught a hard-hit liner while leaping to his right, thus ending the sixth frame.

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