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How close the Cubs came to losing Javy Baez and why he plays the game the way he does

As soon as he got the call, he dropped everything to get there as fast as he could. From Memphis, through a connection in Atlanta, finally landing at home in Jacksonville, Fla.

“But as soon as I got to the hospital a lot of peace came over me,” Javy Baez said. “It was almost like everything stopped when I parked at the hospital. It was like everything shut down. And I knew she wasn’t with us anymore.”

Noely Baez, his little sister, his inspiration – Javy Baez’s “purpose” – was gone before he could say goodbye.

“I walked in the hospital, and all my family was in the hallway, like it was a movie,” he said.