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Javier Baez hits a game-winning homer in his major league debut

Aug 6, 2014, 8:38 AM EDT

David Price wasn’t the only one who made a big splash with his new team. Javier Baez — who wasn’t just making his Cubs debut but his major league debut — did too. He did so by smacking a homer in the 12th inning of last night’s game against the Rockies to give Chicago a 6-5 lead, which proved to be the final score. Watch:

It wasn’t the best day Baez will ever have in the majors — he struck out three of the first five times he came to the plate and grounded out and lined out the other two times in last night’s game — but his debut will certainly be a memorable one for him and for Cubs fans.

  1. pbastille - Aug 6, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    No real bat flip :-(

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 6, 2014 at 8:51 AM

      Thank God

    • stex52 - Aug 6, 2014 at 9:03 AM

      Give him time. It’s his first home run at the show.

  2. kastout11 - Aug 6, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Wow, amazing oposite field power, even though he was in Coors. He performed as advertised, a few strikeouts, then the blast. I have a feeling we are going to see a whole lot of K’s from him, but we whould see a lot of dingers too. The last 2 months of the season should be really exciting in Chicago.

    • stex52 - Aug 6, 2014 at 9:19 AM

      That’s the mark of a lot of these young guys coming up. The game has veered toward power, so a lot of the projected young stars have gaudy OPS numbers to go with scary K rates. Look at Springer at Houston, for one.

      • kevinbnyc - Aug 6, 2014 at 1:30 PM

        Not to mention Adam Dunn continuing to be employable. Evidently part of that is his hidden talent of pitching.

  3. timberwolvesbrisin - Aug 6, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Shouldnt you mention he had the error that allowed it to go into Extra Innings? if it wasnt marked as one, it sure was when you saw it.

  4. coryrox78 - Aug 6, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    You hear all that cheering? Rockies fans were outnumbered and embarrassed by the 6 FREAKING WALKS in the 7th inning, so they left in droves. Good for Baez for closing out that sham of a game in stellar fashion.

  5. delusionalcubsfan - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    The Cubs moved one step closer to the World Series last night. It’s coming.

  6. Alex K - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    I’m so excited that the future is coming for the Cubs. It’s been rough the last couple of years, but I trust the plan and look forward to better days.

  7. yourcubreporter - Aug 6, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Yay us!!!

    Hopefully, this is just the beginning!

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