(CBS) Cubs infielder Javier Baez has gained national acclaim for his stellar performance in the National League Divisional Series against the Giants, including a go-ahead homer in Game 1 and several you-had-to-see-it-to-believe-it defensive plays.
And even though they’ve seen Baez’s wizardry all season long, teammates are still amazed, veteran catcher David Ross said, noting like many others that Baez’s tagging ability is second to none.
“He’s so good at that,” Ross said in an interview with Mike Mulligan and David Haugh on 670 The Score on Friday morning. “I just try to get it down there and let him do his thing. I’m trying to get rid of it as fast as I can and give him a throw he can handle. He’s been doing that for me all year and all our catchers. He’s so special in that area, in so many areas. This guy is a Gold Glover. Every time you move him to a different position, he seems to amaze you with his ability to handle the baseball. We’re so much better with him out there defensively. He’s a special young man, and his bat’s come alive. If you’ve followed the Cubs all year, you’ve watched him grow.”
Baez has been the Cubs’ starting second baseman in the postseason. During the regular season, he split time mostly between second and third while occasionally filling in elsewhere when the situation called for it.
The Cubs host the Dodgers in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday, with first pitch from Wrigley Field set for 7:08 p.m. You can hear the hometown call on 670 The Score, with pregame coverage starting at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Listen to Ross’ full interview below.