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Javier Baez

Cubs' Javier Baez driven by memory of sister

Cubs' Javier Baez driven by memory of sister

He plays with a glove embroidered with her name.

Because every catch Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez makes, every hit and home run, is for his sister, Noely, who was 21 when she died in April from complications related to spina bifida.

"Her dream was for Javy to make it to the pros," says their older brother, Gadiel, 24. "Javy's dream was to make it to the pros and give her everything she ever needed."

From the time they were children, Noely watched her big brother Javier play baseball. No matter if he got a hit or struck out, she always cheered wildly.

Now, at Wrigley Field, the spot where Noely once parked her wheelchair is empty. But...