Chicago Cubs: Anthony Rizzo and the Reds have history

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Chicago Cubs: Rizzo challenges the Reds

In what now has become Cubs folklore, in much the same way that the fight at the OK Corral became the major gun battle of the west, Rizzo took the field and his position at first base. Punching his glove and growing angrier as he thought about Chapman’s dismissal of his team, Rizzo looked over into the Reds dugout. The players were literally laughing at the Cubs play and how badly demolished Chapman had left them. Someone yelled something from the Reds dugout, and Rizzo could not contain himself any longer.

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He stomped toward the dugout with fist clenched to the space just outside the Reds dugout, threw down his glove and challenged the entire Reds team.

“Come on! Let’s go!” he challenged them.

Of course, they responded by clearing their benches, and the Cubs did the same.

Rizzo never had to swing at anyone as people from both teams with cooler heads grabbed their players and moved them back to the dugouts and their places on the field.

The Cubs ended up winning that game in the 12th inning. No player from either team was ejected due to the brawl. It was the start of Rizzo’s tough guy reputation. Let’s face it; no one wants to meet up with an angry Rizzo in a dark alley. Just saying.

Of course, the rest of the story is just as intriguing. Chapman becomes a Chicago Cub two years later and is part of the run and success of the Championship Cubs team.

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Rizzo has gone from young thug to leader of the Chicago Cubs team. While he is still tough as nails, today Rizzo is known more for his work with children, his leadership during the shootings in his former high school and his child-like playfulness on the field and around the dugout.

Just don’t hit his teammates with pitches.