Watch: Javier Baez Was Celebrating This Tag While The Ball Was Still in the Air

Javier Baez is one of the most exciting young players in the baseball. The 24-year-old infielder for the Chicago Cubs has already earned a reputation for making flashy defensive plays, including some memorable tags at second base. Baez is currently playing for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, and he’s up to his old tricks.

During a second round game against the stacked Dominican Republic team, Nelson Cruz tried to steal second in the eighth inning. Puerto Rico catcher Yadier Molina unleashed a great throw (although Cruz isn’t exactly known for his speed on the basepaths), but even better is the fact that Baez was already pointing towards home in celebration before he had even caught the ball. Or applied the tag. Or officially gotten Cruz out.

Puerto Rico would hang on to win 3-1 in what could be considered an upset, considering the high-powered offense of the Dominican Republic’s lineup. The DR will take on Venezuela on Thursday, while Puerto Rico gets a few days off before facing the United States on Friday.

Devon Taylor (@DevonTaylor113)

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