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Even then, Cintron had the feeling that Báez was going to be a star.
Báez is nicknamed "El Mago" – The Magician – based off of his perpetual highlight reel of diving stops, daring slides and seemingly contagious baseball energy.
"That nickname speaks for itself," Cintron said. "He does things that nobody expects him to do."
"We had a great chemistry. We were like brothers," Cintron continued while recalling his high school days with Báez. "We were hanging out with each other every day...he [was] the same guy as he is now."
Cintron tries to imitate that playing style from time to time, keeping in mind Báez's personal impact on his defensive play. Cintron, however, is chasing his own dream of one day reaching the Major Leagues.
"Don't get me wrong: I love the way he plays; he's my favorite player, but I try to be me," Cintron said. "It's my career...I try to be myself in and out of the field and that's it."