Javier Baez

My attempt to master bubble blowing just went 'pop'

My attempt to master bubble blowing just went 'pop'

Recently I decided to refocus on learning a skill I had abandoned in frustration when I was approximately 11.

Blowing bubbles. With gum, not soap. I mastered the latter when I was four.

Why, you ask, at the age of 55, am I suddenly obsessed with inserting wads of a cavity-inducing substance into my mouth and, using my still-functioning original teeth, generating a habit that nobody, most notably my dentist, would encourage?

Two words: Javier Baez.

The Chicago Cubs' second baseman, for a short time last week, became a viral sensation thanks to video of him blowing a bubble milliseconds after smacking a home run in the National League Championship Series. It was...