It pays to be noticed by the GOAT. After inspiring Drew Brees’ oldest sons to play baseball and even naming a pet turtle after him, Chicago Cubs star shortstop Javier Baez was gifted an awesome signed helmet by the former New Orleans Saints legend, which was posted to Instagram on Monday.
Former Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Cubs shortstop Javier Baez have developed a special bond.
It’s an incredible gesture from Brees, whose message reads “To Javy “El Mago- Thank you for inspiring my son!”- Drew Brees.
The longtime Saints quarterback actually grew up a huge baseball fan, and his favorite player was the great Boston Red Sock and Hall of Famer Ted Williams, the reason why Brees donned the No. 9 over the course of his celebrated NFL career.
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Javier Baez is a star in his own right as one of the most electric and exciting players to watch in all of baseball, so the star-to-star connection is one we can get behind!
New Orleans, of course, doesn’t have an MLB team, but Brees was spotted in that same Instagram post rocking a San Diego Padres jersey.
The future Hall of Fame quarterback participated in the 2016 All-Star Game festivities when the event was hosted at San Diego’s Petco Park.
Brees even wore a pair of baseball-themed cleats during New Orleans’ 2020 Wild Card playoff game against the Chicago Bears, with the legendary pitcher Nolan Ryan adorning the shoes.
They won that game, by the way, so perhaps Drew should’ve continued to milk his MLB fandom into more playoff success as he ventured through his final NFL postseason trip.
Maybe it’s time for Brees to add a Javier Baez jersey to his collection too? They both wear No. 9, after all!