The first-place Cubs thumped the Reds on Thursday night (CHC 12, CIN 5) for their sixth win their past seven games. Recent acquisition Nick Castellanos homered twice for Chicago, but afterward everyone was talking about Javier Baez.
As Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper explains, Baez is naturally left-handed, but he plays baseball right-handed (not a bad athlete, that guy). Baez has been known to put on the occasional show in batting practice by batting left-handed, but until Thursday he’d seen almost 9,000 pitches at the big-league level without taking hacks from the left side. That changed, thanks to a comfortable margin and the presence of an infielder on the mound. You’ll note, of course, that Baez did not get cheated on the first and only lefty swing of his MLB career. He also quite understandably seemed to enjoy himself. He’s good at those two things — i.e., playing baseball and enjoying himself.
You may enjoy this, you may be indifferent toward it, but you may not be mad about it. Sorry, those are the rules.