Detroit Tigers’ Javier Baez talks Cubs contract talks before COVID

CHICAGO – Detroit Tigers short Javier Baez walked out of his hotel onto the city streets Thursday morning.

He was quickly spotted and had to turn around.

Nowhere is Báez, referred to as “Javy” and “El Mago” by his fans, better known than Chicago, the city where he spent the first eight seasons of his MLB career with the Cubs.

“It was a great feeling for my family,” Baez said Thursday, standing in the visitors club at Guaranteed Rate Field, about 10 miles south of the Cubs’ Wrigley Field. “We grew up here. My son was born here. It’s so special to have my family here.”

Tigers player Javier Baez runs to second during a wildebeest during the first half against The Guardians, Wednesday, July 6, 2022, in Detroit.

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Báez interacted with some people downtown before returning to his hotel ahead of Thursday’s series opening against the Chicago White Sox. The 29-year-old said his family is missing out on life in Chicago, but everyone is adjusting to his new chapter in Detroit.

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