Welp, they don't call him "El Mago" for nothing ...
Here's Javier Baez going OFF during the Cubs' game against the Pirates on Thursday ... completing what might very well be the most insane play in MLB history!!!
El Mago magic! Have you ever seen anything like this?! pic.twitter.com/aHQs6eAxCG— MLB (@MLB) May 27, 2021
El Mago magic! Have you ever seen anything like this?! pic.twitter.com/aHQs6eAxCG
The crazy sequence all kicked off in the top of the 3rd inning at PNC Park ... when Baez hit a ground ball to 3rd base.
As Pittsburgh first baseman Will Craig received the throw from 3rd, though, he went to lazily tag Baez, who for some reason decided to run backward.
Instead of just stepping on 1st or even sprinting to get Baez out, Craig inexplicably jogged toward Javy -- and then all hell broke loose.
Chicago catcher Willson Contreras came home -- and because of Craig's indecisiveness, he actually scored!!!
But, it gets better ... 'cause after that, Javy ran to 1st, and Pittsburgh botched that play too -- underthrowing the toss, allowing Baez to reach 2nd on the play!!
we have no words to describe this play, you've just gotta see it. pic.twitter.com/mYcsDOADYB— Cut4 (@Cut4) May 27, 2021
we have no words to describe this play, you've just gotta see it. pic.twitter.com/mYcsDOADYB
Oh, and did we mention -- ALL OF THIS WAS WITH TWO OUTS IN THE INNING?!!?!
The official scoring goes down like this: "Javier Baez reached on fielder's choice, 3rd to 1st, Willson Contreras scored. Javier Baez to 2nd on Michael Perez's throwing error."
Ian Happ then drove in Baez on the next AB ... and yeah, hang all of this in the freakin' Louvre NOW!!!