"You've got to save those for the season," third baseman
Baez said he didn't hear what Bryant said because he was looking for his family in the stands.
"I was just laughing and enjoying it," he said.
So when was the last time Baez enjoyed a home run like that?
"I don't know," he said. "The last time I hit one."
Obviously Baez doesn't get too excited about things. As Bryant said, it's just "Javy being Javy."
Bryant, who went 0-for-3 with a walk, had to be satisfied with bragging rights after the U.S. won 3-2 on
Bryant and Gallo, a Double-A third baseman in the Rangers system who earned the game's MVP award, played together as kids in
The two played against each other in high school and make up two-thirds of the "Vegas Show" along with Nationals outfielder
"It was a funny mix," Gallo said. "Harper is 21, (Bryant) is 22 and I'm 20, so we were all growing up together. To all be in the majors together, it'd be kind of cool."
Gallo and Bryant were tied for most home runs in the minors with 31 apiece, through Saturday. They also may be competing for
"Obviously we're not really competing," Gallo said. "But it's funny to just be tight (in the home run race) with him, especially with the history we've had together."
A left-handed-hitting third baseman, Gallo put on an impressive display in batting practice, launching several balls 400-plus feet and smashing a window on a promotional truck outside the right-field wall. Gallo's mom posed next to the shattered window and texted the photo to him.
"I was like, 'Nice, Mom,'" he said.
Gallo probably would fare well in Monday's Home Run Derby and said NL captain
While Gallo and Bryant repped Vegas,
Before the game, Meyer said Johnson "is going to go out there and run today, and he's going to be fun for fans to watch." Johnson did just that, and though he grounded out twice after entering in the fifth, he nearly legged out hits both times.
Hitting .297 at
"Who knows, man?" he said. "Just keep playing every day, trying to get hits, get on base. ... That's all I can do."
Baez, who struck out on a wild pitch in the dirt in his second at-bat, also appears close to being ready, though where he'll play is the big question.
The Cubs still haven't had Baez play anywhere but shortstop, and don't plan to deal All-Star
Has the acquisition of premier shortstop prospect
"Not really," he said. "I do my own thing. I'm sure they've got a plan for us."
(c)2014 the Chicago Tribune
Visit the Chicago Tribune at www.chicagotribune.com
Distributed by MCT Information Services