Did you know that Chicago's Puerto Rican community has kept alive the American pastime of neighborhood baseball leagues in Humboldt Park? The formation of this league 48 years ago was the catalyst that revived Humboldt Park after years of neglect. It is for these avid players that I introduced an ordinance to name a street near “Little Cubs Field,” the Wrigley Field replica in Humboldt Park, in honor of Javier 'Javy’ Baez. It's also why I set aside funds to build a batting cage in the park.
Humboldt Park boasts 15 different softball and baseball fields--the most in Chicago! So it's not a surprise that more than 45 years ago, the Puerto Rican community created a baseball league where all the teams are named for towns on the island.
So with the installation of the batting cage and the naming of of Javier Baez Way, America's tradition of summer baseball will endure, thanks to the Puerto Rican community's commitment to our nation's pastime.
In addition, I voted for this resolution:
RESOLUTION HONORING JAVIER "JAVY" BÁEZ
ON BEING NAMED CO-MVP OF THE 2016 NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
WHEREAS, Javier Báez is an outstanding young player for the 2016 National League Champion Chicago Cubs, who beat the Los Angeles Dodgers for the right to play in the 2016 World Series; and
WHEREAS, Javier Báez has given Chicagoans, Cubs fans across the world and all of Puerto Rico great reasons to celebrate; and
WHEREAS, Javier Báez shared the 2016 National League Championship Series MVP with his fellow Cub, Jon Lester after both played exceedingly well throughout the series; and
WHEREAS, Javier Báez batted .318 with 7 hits, 4 doubles, 3 runs, 5 RBIs, one walk and 2 stolen bases with an other worldly OPS of .833;
WHEREAS, Javier Báez proved to be one of the best defenders in Major League Baseball in a season where he played First Base, Second Base, Short Stop, Third Base and Left Field; and
WHEREAS, Javier Báez stole home in the 2nd winning of game one of the National League Championship Series, making a play that baseball fans will never forget; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That we, the Mayor and members of the City Council of the City of Chicago, gathered here in assembly this 1st day of November, 2016, A.D., do hereby express our congratulations to Javier Báez, his family and the Chicago Cubs on this well deserved recognition, and wish him and the Cubs success in the 2016 World Series and beyond; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be prepared for presentation to Javier Báez and the Chicago Cubs