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Javier Baez fist-bumped Austin Barnes and looked super cool after striking out

They -- meaning the great baseball thinkers of yore -- say the most important part of being a ballplayer is how you respond to failure; that you must remain even-keeled at all times. Javier Baez is living proof of this by remaining remarkably exciting no matter the situation. 

Baez had already shown off his tagging ability -- and his Dikembe Mutombo impression -- earlier in the series, and spent Game 4 showing his ability to blow bubbles and smash dingers at the same time. So, when he struck out in the bottom of the second of Thursday's National League Championship Series presented by Camping World, he kept the fun going. 

Dead to rights despite the ball getting away from Austin Barnes, Baez did the friendly and cool thing as he fist-bumped into an out: