It might seem like the marketplace is saturated with Javy Baez highlights, and adding another to your memory might seem exhausting. But I urge you to take the time to appreciate the Cubs’ infield stud’s speed, alertness, and arm strength on this double play, which comes with a rare added wrinkle of Baez positioned at third base.
The victims here are Cody Bellinger—who gets immediately ensnared in a rundown off a grounder to Baez—and Yasiel Puig, who’s no impressive catch on the basepaths, necessarily, but only barely wandered off first before getting fried with a laser of a throw.
It’s one thing to make every correct decision to get your pitcher out of a seemingly guaranteed run-scoring situation (man on third, one out). It’s a whole other thing to execute those decisions perfectly with superhuman ability. I think Javy Baez might actually be some kind of mutant.