Javier joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel, city officials & fans Tuesday morning for the unveiling of the "Javier 'Javy' Baez Way" -- an honorary street running through the heart of our city's Puerto Rican community.
Alderman Roberto Maldonado explained Baez's story, and how Baez had promised his father, who he lost when he was 11, that he would provide for his family.
Baez is the only Puerto Rican player on the Cubs’ roster. Maldonado said Baez’s heritage means a lot to the Humboldt Park community.
“I promised my wife that I would continue to showcase the incredible talent of our Puerto Rican community in this great city,” he said. “Javier Baez symbolizes that greatness.”
Javier and his mother Nelly tried on Hublot timepieces and guests enjoyed cocktails by Johnnie Walker Black Label or sipped the brand's Blue Label before indulging in Sunda's signature dishes.
In honor of a phenomenal role model, Johnnie Walker created a custom Blue Label Whisky labeled, "Javier Baez Day" -- for Javier to remember a historic day. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said:
"When I was growing up in the city of Chicago, it was that you always wanted to grow up and be like Mike. In the city of Chicago, people now are growing up and kids are saying they want to be like Javy." -- and we couldn't agree more.