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Javier Báez Of The Chicago Cubs Shows Off Athletic Physique In ESPN’s Body Issue

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ESPN’s annual Body Issue is here and while every single athlete featured is a beautiful example of the athletic form — strong and powerful — there’s one person, in particular, that is making us go ? and that’s Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Báez.

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In his interview with ESPN, the 24-year-old pelotero talked about his family, his Puerto Rican roots, and his inspiration.

“I’m strong as well because I’ve seen all the things my sister, Noely, has gone through. [Noely Baez suffered from spina bifida and died in 2015 at age 21.] But for me, my sister was never a crippled person,” Báez said. “The only thing she didn’t do throughout her life was walk. She is my biggest inspiration. She loved going to the ballpark; she never missed a game. She cheered a lot. We had a lot of fun together. I still cry for her. Whenever I go to Puerto Rico, I go to her grave and I sit there and let it all out. Sometimes I go on my own. I don’t tell anyone. I go there, sit down and talk to her. I laugh out loud remembering everything I have gone through with her. I told her about the World Series.”

In this behind-the-scenes clip, Báez reveals the origins of his tattoos (and how his mom hated them at first) and explains what it’s like being a World Series winner.

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ESPN’s ninth edition of the Body Issue featured athletes from the worlds of baseball, football, skiing, rugby, hockey, basketball, figure skating, track and field, tennis, MMA and adaptive sports. Some of those include UFC’s Michell Waterson, tennis pro Caroline Wozniacki, and figure skater Ashley Wagner.

Previous Latino athletes featured in past editions include Brazilian pro skater Letícia Bufoni (2015), Seattle Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz (2009), and former professional boxer Sergio Martínez of Argentina (2011).

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President Trump's Meeting With Mexico's President Takes Awkward Turn At G20

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President Trump’s Meeting With Mexico’s President Takes Awkward Turn At G20

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For the first time since becoming president, Donald Trump met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Friday.


The meeting was mostly uneventful, as both men acted like well-behaved politicians. President Trump told the media that he was “great to be with my friend, the President of Mexico.” And President Enrique Peña Nieto told reporters that he was optimistic the two would have a “flowing dialogue.”

The two world leaders appeared relaxed sitting next to one another.

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Some people, however, though their posture looked a little familiar.

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The productive talk ended with a gentlemanly handshake…

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As far as handshakes go, it’s not the worst one Trump has ever given (you can watch a compilation of those right here).

And we almost got away without any problem, but then a reporter asked Trump a simple question…

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From just off camera, a reporter asked, “Mr. President, do you still want Mexico to pay for the wall?”

To which President Trump replied…

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Apparently Trump, right in front of EPN, said that Mexico would pay for the wall.

EPN’s lack of reaction drew criticism on Twitter.


@diazbriseno called the situation a nightmare.

Journalist León Krauze‏ tweeted that EPN doesn’t understand how to defend himself.


Krauze wrote, “Macron understood what EPN doesn’t: faced with the schoolyard diplomacy of Trump, one must act firmly in public. What counts is what is visible.” Translation, stand up for yourself.

But there’s one problem, Trump may not have even been responding to the question.

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At the 1:38 second mark, which this clip is set to, several reporters shout out a few last questions, with the most audible one being, “Mr President, do you still want Mexico to pay for the wall.” Trump’s reply comes a few moments later, making it unclear which question he was responding to.

So watch the above clip and let us know what you think.


READ: After Trump Threatens To Cancel Meeting With Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto Beats Him To The Punch

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