Pitchers and Catchers Report.
It's getting closer.
And of allllll the things to get excited about, one of them is new and rather small, but it's definitely a thing:
The incredible fundamental skill turned up to 11 by Javier Baez.
This painting is from Game 5 of that last World Series won by the Cubs, remember a couple months ago?
Cubs up 3-1 in the top of the 6th with 2 out and Francisco Lindor gets a single off starter Jon Lester, knocking in Rajai Davis to make it 3-2.
You and I hyperventilate as Lester delivers to Mike Napoli, but then what happens is Lindor takes off for 2nd and old man David Ross is already pissed because Davis had just stolen 2nd before he scored.
And Javier Baez slides in front of Lindor and does his thing where he's already moving his glove towards Lindor when he catches the ball, continues it's movement and tags Lindor in the ribs.
Say this out loud: OUT!
One syllable - that's about how much time it takes Baez to tag somebody.
It's almost like Ross just threw the ball at Lindor and hit him in the ribs, only there was that crazy cool middle part you need to see in slo mo to comprehend what Baez did with his amazing glove.
And when you're World Series Warrior Javier Baez and you just tagged a guy for out #3, you go ahead and flash #1 as you run off the diamond.
And Lindor can think about the "caught" that will be placed in front of the "stealing" in the box score.
GOD I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THAT AGAIN!!!
I mean, I already miss Ross like crazy but next time it'll be Willson Contreras or Miggy Montero or maybe even Kyle Schwarber.
Imagine getting in a slap fight with him.