Javier Baez on first Wrigley homer: 'Everybody went crazy'

Javier Baez on first Wrigley homer: 'Everybody went crazy'
August 13, 2014, 10:45 pm
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Tony Andracki

In what could be a nice match for years to come, Javier Baez got acquainted with Waveland Ave. Wednesday evening.

The Cubs' 21-year-old slugging prospect hammered a slider out onto the street just beyond the left field wall to lead off the fourth inning of Wednesday's 4-2 win.

Technically, it was Baez's first Wrigley Field home run, but it didn't spend much time in the historic ballpark.

"It was great," Baez said. "I hit the ball pretty good. As soon as I hit it in the air, everybody went crazy. I knew it was gone because I hit it really good."

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Baez hit his first three big-league homers on the road at Coors Field, but said he wasn't anxious for his first longball in front of the Cubs faithful at Wrigley. He also said he didn't take time to admire the blast because he "doesn't want to show anybody up."

But he showed off a little of his confidence and swagger when asked about the pitch in detail.

"It was a slider. He threw me two sliders in a row," Baez said. "It [did] slide, but I got to it."

Baez's first at-bat was maybe his most impressive of the night, however.

After Chris Coghlan led off the bottom of the first with a ringing double off the wall in center, Baez battled to a full count and went the other way, lining a single to right field.

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Both Coghlan and Baez came around to score on RBIs from Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro.

"He's making adjustments every single day. ... He's aware of what he's gotta do," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "It just takes time. He's 21 years old."

Baez now has four homers and seven RBI in his first nine MLB games.

"He's amazing," veteran infielder Luis Valbuena said. "I've never seen a player like him."