May 27, 2021

El Mago's Latest Trick

Javier Báez
Shortstop - Chicago Cubs
This afternoon in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cubs shortstop Javier Báez hit into an RBI fielder's choice that must be seen to be believed.

With a runner on second in the top of the 3rd, Báez hit a routine ground ball to third base.  The ball was fielded cleanly and thrown to first baseman Will Craig and should have been an easy out to end the inning.  For reasons known only to Craig, he decided to tag Báez out instead of simply stepping on first base.

Báez backed away from the tag and ran back down the baseline toward home plate.  This gave Willson Contreras the opportunity to score from second base.  The missed play at the plate allowed Báez to turn around and reach first safely, and to make matters worse for the Pirates, the ball was thrown away and the runner advanced to second on the error.

All I can say is thank god this didn't happen to the Phillies.