Somehow, Javy Baez continues to amaze with what he can do on the baseball diamond.
As the Cubs were winding down in a hapless 6-1 loss to the Phillies Saturday, Baez didn't stop playing hard, ranging 111 feet in the ninth inning to make a catch in foul territory before tumbling into the first row of seats along the third base line.
He wound up with a bunch of beer spilled on him as his legs knocked into a fan nursing his final brew of the night.
Joe Maddon compared it to the Addison Russell Nacho Man play last September in St. Louis.
Kyle Schwarber made a similar catch down the left field line last May against the Yankees and Baez joked in order to top both Russell and Schwarber, he needs to go three rows deep next time, a la Derek Jeter.
Andre Dawson — better known as "The Hawk" to Cubs fans — has spent the last 17 years as a special assistant in the Miami/Florida Marlins front office.
But when a new ownership group led by Derek Jeter came to town, Dawson was sent packing, along with fellow Hall of Famer Tony Perez.
Dawson — a Miami native who owns a restaurant in the area — has since rejoined the Cubs organization in an official capacity.
In an interview with NBC Sports Chicago while the Cubs were visiting the Marlins in Miami over the weekend, Dawson let it rip on Jeter and the new Marlins ownership:
"He made an 'unpopular decision,' the way he likes to put it," Dawson said. "The one thing about new ownership — it's their money, their team. They have a sense of direction.
"I didn't think it was handled professionally or the right way. First of all, you gotta know what you're signing up for and if you're gonna do that, you handle baseball people the right way. You stand up to them and you do it yourself to their face. You don't let someone else make a phone call for you.
"That was the only thing I thought was quite unprofessional. He supposedly has a genuine reputation about the type of classy individual he is. But no.
"I thank him for doing me a favor, because it allowed me the opportunity of a lifetime."
So not only was Dawson fired, but it sounds like Jeter didn't even make the call himself.
Dawson will throw out the first pitch at Wrigley Field on the Cubs' home opener (April 9) with other Cubs legends.
Despite six championships and status as one of the greatest athletes in American history, one of the biggest splashes Michael Jordan made during his career was when he tried to transition from basketball to baseball.
Things didn't go too well for His Airness on the diamond, and — after some help from Bill Murray and Bugs Bunny — he eventually returned to hoops and added three rings to his collection with the Bulls. But that experience in the minors with the White Sox apparently hasn't soured MJ on the sport. According to a story from the Miami Herald, Jordan is one of 18 new owners of the Miami Marlins.
The piece from Barry Jackson looks at the financial commitments and situation of new Marlins CEO Derek Jeter, the face of the club's new ownership group and the guy who's running the team. But mentioned deep down is the fact that Jordan, now famously the owner of the Charlotte Hornets, chipped in $5 million to buy a stake in the team.
The Fish are in a bit of a mess from a baseball standpoint, with Jeter controversially dealing away superstar slugger Giancarlo Stanton this offseason, along with another All-Star player in Marcell Ozuna. And there are plenty of reports that another star, Christian Yelich, could be next. In other words, Jeter is being criticized for blowing up a team with some nice pieces, something the Marlins did relatively often under their previous ownership to many negative reviews.
So hopefully Jeter and Jordan — who it should be noted have a longtime connection through Jordan Brand — get things turned around. And hopefully things go better for Mike than they did in 1994, when he slashed .202/.289/.266 with 114 strikeouts at Double-A Birmingham.