Cleveland Indians jerseys shortstop cheap Francisco Lindor jersey celebrates after the Indians jerseys defeated the Toronto Blue Jays jerseys 3 0 during Game 5 of the baseball American League Championship Series in Toronto on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
CLEVELAND About four months before the 2011 draft, over a hundred scouts descended upon the baseball complex at a private academy west of Orlando. They were there to eye a couple of teenagers born in Puerto Rico who would become the draft most coveted shortstops.
At 12 years old and with minimal knowledge of English, cheap Javier Baez jersey and cheap Francisco Lindor jersey left the island and moved to Florida. They excelled with sparkling play, Baez for Arlington Country Day School in Jacksonville and Lindor for Montverde Academy, which hosted that hyped high school game.
was like a mini World Series, said Baez on Monday, reminiscing about the game his team won in their senior years. was a special evening. So many scouts, so much attention. years later, Baez and Lindor will face each other again as rivals in the World Series, starting Tuesday.
Baez is a slick second baseman with the Chicago Cubs jerseys. Lindor is a smooth shortstop for the Cleveland Indians jerseys.
Breakout stars of the postseason with their exceptional play and poise, Baez and Lindor also epitomize a talented crop of players from Puerto Rico.
In the 2011 draft, the Indians jerseys drafted Lindor with the eight overall pick, and the Cubs jerseys picked Baez with the next one. There also cheap Carlos Correa jersey, the Houston Astros jerseys shortstop who in 2012 became the first Puerto Rican drafted first overall and who won the AL Rookie of the Year in 2015.
spent a ton of time with both of them, said Indians jerseys scouting director Brad Grant. was a really good player, too. We went back and forth with those two. And our scouts did a really a good job of getting to know them. In the end, what separated it for us, it was Francisco ability to play authentic jerseys wholesale short, which is very hard to come by. And a switch hitter on top of it, with offensive abilities as well. 22 year old Lindor marveled Monday about the similar path he shares with Baez ever since they were kids in Puerto Rico.
follow the same route to the majors. He left to help his family, and I did the same for mine, looking for a better future, Lindor said. are two shortstops from Puerto Rico, drafted eight and nine, now playing each other in the World Series, still growing. This is insane. It a blessing. I feel so proud for Puerto Rico. their families moved to the United States so they could polish their talents, enduring hardships along the way.
In Baez case, they also wanted his sister, Noely, to get better health care for spina bifida, a disabling birth defect. Noely died at 21 years old in April of 2015. Baez was 12 when his father, Angel Luis, died after suffering a head wound in a fall in the bathroom at home.
just unreal that I will be playing against him, said the 23 year old Baez. families are very close. His family spent Thanksgiving with us two years ago. And as players, it like we the same. We play to have fun, and do crazy things on the field. won co MVP honors in the NL Championship Series. On Saturday night, soon after he helped the Cubs jerseys beat the Los Angeles Dodgers jerseys to advance to their first World Series since 1945, Baez was texting with Lindor.
this a dream?’ Lindor recalled texting when speaking with reporters. said, think so. I haven woken up yet and I don want to wake up. I living my dream, let keep doing the same.