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Watch Javier Baez steal 1B with juke move

April 24, 2019

Javier Báez gave us another example of why many consider him the most entertaining player in the game. Right after Anthony Rizzo homered to give the Cubs a six-run lead in Tuesday night's 7-2 victory over the Dodgers at Wrigley Field, Baez tapped a soft ground ball to first baseman

Javier Báez gave us another example of why many consider him the most entertaining player in the game.

Right after Anthony Rizzo homered to give the Cubs a six-run lead in Tuesday night's 7-2 victory over the Dodgers at Wrigley Field, Baez tapped a soft ground ball to first baseman David Freese. It looked like an easy out, but Baez hit the brakes, did a juke move to his left to avoid the tag, and dove for the first-base bag to get the single.

"It might have been Butter [third-base coach Brian Butterfield] that compared him to Gale Sayers right there," said Cubs manager Joe Maddon. "... It was Javy-esque, Javy-like.

"Pretty entertaining. Again, that's just him playing on a playground in Puerto Rico somewhere and that's what I love about him. There's no fear in his game. He sees things in advance and he's fearless."

Said Baez: "I saw him pretty close to the line and usually on that play you go around like it's a base hit. If I had kept going, I was going to run him over or he was going to run me over, because he's a big dude. I saw the play, I think Billy Hamilton did it a couple of years ago and that was the first thing that came to my mind was to stop and see his reaction. He couldn't stop, he just kept going."