Chicago Cubs: Ranking the top five greatest Anthony Rizzo moments
3. Back-to-back off of Boxberger in 1000th career game – CHC v. ARI 2018
This is a moment you could feel coming before it happened. I remember calling it before the game even began that Rizzo would walk it off for the Cubs in his 1000th game, but I never thought it would actually happen. I also couldn’t imagine the epic nature in which this walk-off occurred.
The Chicago Cubs came into the ninth against the Diamondbacks down by two. Enter David Bote, who just came up to fill for an injured Bryant and hit a two-run shot off closer Brad Boxberger to tie it up for the man of the hour. Rizzo stepped up to the plate and, after taking a bad strike call, launched a no doubt moonshot to right field to cap off the 1000th game of his career.
The excitement, both for Rizzo and Bote who ended the game and in Len Kasper’s excellent call, boiled over, making this moment truly one to remember. The Cubs star got to celebrate a career milestone in style by sending fans home happy yet again.
It sounds like a storybook moment more than real life: the hometown star having a big game on an important day. It was a time to look back at all of the memories Rizzo had provided Cubs fans over the years while creating a brand new one right in front of their eyes. It’s a moment I won’t soon forget and a personal favorite of mine to revisit from time to time.