Javier Baez keeps finding new ways to entertain Cubs fans

Written By Dan Bernstein
Javier-Baez-080819-getty-ftr
(Getty Images)

Javier Baez is not a switch-hitter. He is naturally pulled toward fun, whether it's a sexy slide into third base or juggling chewed gum in the dugout.

On Thursday night, the right-handed shortstop decided to bat lefty with a seven-run lead. The Cubs led by seven, and Reds position player Kyle Farmer was on the mound lobbing eephus pitches. The stakes weren't high for the gag.

SIGN UP for a FREE trial of DAZN and watch LIVE baseball games and programming on MLB Network

Baez, as he usually does from the right side, swung for the fences from the other batter's box. He fell to a knee as he flew a ball to center field.

Some traditionalist managers would have been upset at Baez for such a maneuver, but Cubs skipper Joe Maddon is usually a fan of zany activity on the diamond. He is also used to his star infielder finding new ways to enjoy the game.

UPDATE: Maddon in fact did support the move.

Latest News

mlb-postseason-100321-ftr.jpg
MLB playoff schedule 2021: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels for every series
MLB playoff schedule 2021: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels for every series
Chris-Sale-091021-Getty-FTR
MLB playoff bracket 2021: Full schedule, TV channels, scores for AL and NL games
MLB playoff bracket 2021: Full schedule, TV channels, scores for AL and NL games
Tony-Gonsolin-101621-Getty-FTR
Why Dodgers' Tony Gonsolin wears cats cleats: 'I just always liked cats'
Why Dodgers' Tony Gonsolin wears cats cleats: 'I just always liked cats'
MLB-postseason-101521-Getty-FTR.jpg
MLB playoff schedule 2021: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels for NLCS, ALCS
MLB playoff schedule 2021: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels for NLCS, ALCS
Chris-Taylor-101621-Getty-FTR
Dodgers' Chris Taylor commits costly baserunning miscue in 9th before Braves' walk-off win in NLCS Game 1
Taylor's baserunning miscue costs Dodgers in Game 1 loss to Braves