Artistic rendering of the Chicago Cubs World Series Game 7 celebration was auctioned off for charity. The amount it raised was not a shock. The artist is.
It was a great moment for Chicago Cubs players and fans around the world. The celebration that started after Kris Bryant threw to Anthony Rizzo for the last out still runs in many of our minds. It was genuine. Weightless. Watching Rizzo place the ball in his pocket and run toward his teammate, jumping, embracing brought tears to eyes. It really happened…
And while that moment is still fresh in our minds, it will be hanging on the wall of a lucky person who placed the winning bid. The item was a painting of that special moment. It sold for $35,000 in an auction for Cubs Charities. That is not shocking, especially since the painting was “Bryzzo’d.” Who created it is a surprise.
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Yes. The artist of the highly desired artwork was none other than Chicago Cubs outfielder Matt Szczur. The quiet, calm, talented player that fulfills his role without an issue commemorated the moment we all will remember in oil and canvas. According to his Twitter, it is the first of his paintings to sell.
While this talent may be news to us, it’s nothing new to him. Szczur picked up his love of art from his dad, Marc, who painted and drew often. The young Szczur took on the creative side in high school and college, using his talents to woo his now wife, Natalie.
This offseason, Szczur took the time to paint various works, including the one immortalizing the Game 7 win. This one was part of the Chicago Cubs Brinks and Ivy Ball. The event itself raised more than $2.2 million for Cubs Charities. Other works for Szczur’s will be used to raise funds to fight leukemia and support bone marrow foundation named for the Cubs’ outfielder.
What else can we say? How can you not love Matt Szczur? He’s a hard worker, performs well, supports his community, and is an artist. Bravo, Szczur!