Javy Baez quietly entered a ballroom teeming with reporters Friday at the Cubs Convention. His eyes down and hidden behind dark sunglasses, he made straight for the deserted bar along the wall farthest from the hubbub and ordered a beer.
It was perfect. A big oaf of a reporter had Baez cornered.
The opening question: Who’s the best shortstop in baseball?
“Derek Jeter, man,” came Baez’s reply.
No, not ever. Right now.
“Oh, right now? It depends.”
“If I’m playing there, it’s me. If I’m playing short, I’m not going to say someone else is better than me.”
So there you have it: a declaration. Who’s better at shortstop than the man called “El Mago”? Nobody, the way he sees it.