(CBS) It was a big league debut that Cubs second baseman Javy Baez won’t ever forget.
In a performance that showcased everything the young phenom is at age 21, Baez struck out in three of his first five at-bats against the Rockies on Tuesday night. Then, with the score still locked at 5-5 as he led off the 12th inning, Baez cranked the first pitch he saw from Boone Logan — a 91 mph fastball down and on the outside corner — an estimated 414 feet into right-center field.
It was his prodigious power on display, and the solo shot propelled the Cubs to a 6-5 win.
Given the drama of the blast, Baez got a rousing ovation and congratulations from his teammates upon arriving in the dugout. There were no jokes acting like it didn’t happen, as some rookies get.
“I faced him before, and he threw me all curveballs,” Baez said, according to the Associated Press. “He’s got a good curveball, so I wasn’t sitting on the curveball, I was trying to hit a fastball.”
Baez’s family got to see his big debut as well, having made the trip to Denver and sitting behind home plate.
Baez’s final line was 1-for-6 with three strikeouts, a homer, an RBI and a run as he batted second in the lineup. He also played a clean second base.
You can watch Baez’s first big league homer (and hit) below.