WATCH: Baez steals home with his most impressive slide ever
Patrick Gorski - USA Today Sports
CHICAGO — If there is such thing as a headfirst hook slide, Chicago Cubs sensation Javier Baez did it to perfection with his fourth career steal of home plate. Continuing with his inning of wreaking havoc on the Detroit Tigers by way of his base running, Baez fooled Tigers catcher James McCann with his signature swim move on the steal.
Baez, who stole second and took third on an errant throw made in attempt at throwing him out earlier in the inning, could have easily been tagged out, as McCann received the throw with plenty of time to apply the tag. However, Baez is known for pulling back an arm to avoid a tag when sliding headfirst, and, in this particular instance, he yanked his left arm to his side and swung around home on the slide to touch the plate safely with his right hand. The steal made the score 2-2 in the fourth.
With the steal, Baez, who stole home earlier this season, became just the fifth player in the past 10 years to steal home multiple times in the same season. He now boasts four career steals of home, three of which have come in the regular season and one of which has come in the postseason.