Javier Baez keeps finding new ways to entertain Cubs fans

first_imgBaez, as he usually does from the right side, swung for the fences from the other batter’s box. He fell to a knee as he flew a ball to center field. Javier Baez is not a switch-hitter. He is naturally pulled toward fun, whether it’s a sexy slide into third base or juggling chewed gum in the dugout.On Thursday night, the right-handed shortstop decided to bat lefty with a seven-run lead. The Cubs led by seven, and Reds position player Kyle Farmer was on the mound lobbing eephus pitches. The stakes weren’t high for the gag. Javier Baez is an entertainer.He just batted left-handed!pic.twitter.com/jEx99INsPy— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) August 9, 2019MORE: Here’s how to watch “ChangeUp,” an MLB whiparound show, for free on DAZNSome traditionalist managers would have been upset at Baez for such a maneuver, but Cubs skipper Joe Maddon is usually a fan of zany activity on the diamond. He is also used to his star infielder finding new ways to enjoy the game.UPDATE: Maddon in fact did support the move.Baez asked Maddon if he could hit lefty and the manager told him to go for it. Felt it was a good time to try it in-game (against a position player in a blowout), though Maddon thinks it’s something Javy could learn to do.Does Javy think so? Not so much. He’ll stick to righty. pic.twitter.com/RoIiKALK0g— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) August 9, 2019last_img read more

Olympic gold medalist to be special guest of Letterkenny AC

first_imgRonnie Delaney has been confirmed as the special guest for Letterkenny Athletic Club’s annual dinner and awards night which takes place in Arena 7 on Friday, November 18th at 8 pm.Ronnie Delaney created history when he won gold in the 1,500 metres at the Olympic Games in Melbourne on December 1st, 1956.He etched his name into Ireland’s sporting folklore when he made his break for home on the final bend that fateful day 60 years ago. In doing so, he passed Landy, was chased by the German, Klau Richtzenhain, and won in style when posting a time of 3 minutes, 41.2 seconds. A native of Arklow, Ronnie Delaney won a bronze medal, also in the 1,500 metres, at the European Championships in Stolkholm in 1958. He retired in 1962 and was granted the freedom of the city of Dublin in 2006.Speaking ahead of the Letterkenny AC event, Danny McDaid, one of the main organisers, said the club is delighted to have secure the Olympic champion as their special guest.“We tried to get him to come to Letterkenny for the official opening of the track at the Aura Leisure Centre in 2013, but he was unable to make the trip because he was in America. We tried him a second time, but again the dates didn’t suit. So I suppose it’s a case of third time lucky on this occasion,” commented Danny.“We have always managed to secure a big name for the awards night, and I really am looking forward to meeting up with Ronnie whom I’ve got t know well over the years. “Ronnie is a legend in sporting terms and we hope he enjoys his weekend in Letterkenny,” the double Olympian added.“It has been another hugely successful year for Letterkenny AC and it’s only right we meet up and celebrate our achievements. Ronnie will fly in to Donegal Airport next Thursday and will be picked up by a car supplied by Diver’s Hyundai in Letterkenny.He will stay at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny. The hotel is sponsoring his stay and Diver’s are providing the courtesy car free of charge. We are extremely grateful to both businesses for their generosity,” Danny added.Next weekend’s event in Arena 7 will get underway at 8 pm, with Martin Gormley acting as MC. Tickets are priced €20, with tickets for couples priced at 35 euro for the three-course meal.To book a ticket contact Danny on 087 6907945. Olympic gold medalist to be special guest of Letterkenny AC was last modified: November 8th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more