The Chicago Cubs are crushing their competition and are likely going to be the only team in the league to reach 100 wins. Many in Chicago are hoping (and praying extensively) that the Cubbies can end the curse of the goat and finish their World Series drought that has plagued the team for decades.
Utility infielder Javier Báez has been a key part of the success of the Cubs, and he recently sat down with ESPN's Marly Rivera to talk about something very near and dear to his heart — his tattoos.
Báez is an avid tattoo enthusiast, getting his first piece done at age 16. Since then, his collection has only grown, and he now has tattoos riding up and down his arms, and some on his torso.
Every one of the tattoos has a special meaning to Báez. Many of his body art is dedicated to, or in reference to, his family, his home country of Puerto Rico, and of course, his love of baseball.
On his right arm, he has a portrait of his sister, his father's nicknames, the date he was called up to the major leagues, a rosary with baseballs instead of beads, a giant baseball, a lion to represent his "heart of a lion," the Puerto Rican flag, and the national flower of Puerto Rico, the garita.
Báez has numerous tattoos dedicated to his sister, Noely, who died at age 21 due to complications with spina bifida. "She taught me how to fight; how to persevere. She suffered so much, yet, she was always smiling," he told ESPN. "I call Noely 'mi ángel' because she's always going to be with me. That's why doves also surround her."
On his left side, he has his mother's name, a rose, the names of all of his siblings, and a passage that reads "Your hands never hurt anyone; your feet never missed a step" that is dedicated to his sister.
Báez is able to show off who he is as a person, what he cares about, and where he is from with all of these tattoos. He's got plans to continue his ventures into body art, as he's working on a piece on his leg currently. Who knows? Maybe if the Cubs with the World Series, he will probably get a tattoo commemorating that achievement!