I didn’t *have* to write the title like that, I suppose, but once I did, it became difficult for the headline not to look like I was lauding Javy Baez’s 100th game-winning home run. That would be crazy. But I wouldn’t put it past El Mago.
As for yesterday’s dinger, which was Javy’s 100th and also happened to win the game for the Cubs, I wanted to enjoy the shot again while sharing Pat Hughes’ one-of-a-kind call:
Pat's call of Javy's heroic home run was pure. pic.twitter.com/Br7S0etmC7
— Randall J. Sanders (@RandallJSanders) June 23, 2019
Javy got ups:
That homer was Baez’s 19th of the year, in addition to being his 100th overall. It was an oppo shot, of course – his career homer spray video looks like it belongs to a switch-hitter:
The homer also came on an 0-2 pitch, which, together with the oppo thing, has become a Javy specialty:
Most HR in a season after falling behind 0-2 in the count
(among active players)
9 Javier Báez 2019 (it's only 6/23!)
9 Todd Frazier 2016
9 Bryce Harper 2015
8 Stephen Piscotty 2018
8 Curtis Granderson 2011
Last with 10? Sammy Sosa – 10 each in 1999 & 1998
— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) June 23, 2019
Javy Baez does not shy away in the biggest moments, and when he comes through, he embraces the joy:
"You want all the attention on you."
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) June 24, 2019
Baez’s homer also apparently broke the Mets:
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) June 23, 2019
In conclusion, Javy Baez is a religion:
No, sir. We are the ones who are blessed.
— OBVIOUS SHIRTS (@obvious_shirts) June 24, 2019