Chicago Cubs: Anthony Rizzo exemplifies what it means to be a Cub
It’s no secret that Anthony Rizzo is the face of the Chicago Cubs, and has been for years. There isn’t a better choice for the face of the franchise given his work on and off the baseball field
The Chicago Cubs‘ Anthony Rizzo once again showed his charitable side in light of COVID-19. His foundation, the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, is helping keep necessary workers fed. According to Jason Catania of Cubs.com, the foundation is providing daily warm meals to the nurses at Lurie Children’s Hospital as they continue to care for patients.
Rizzo is everything that the Cubs should represent. He provides the entertainment and gets cheered on the field while providing charity and feel-good stories around the city of Chicago. His work has been seen around the league as well. Rizzo won the Roberto Clemente award in 2017, which represents baseball’s top humanitarian.
Rizzo is a cancer survivor, so it only makes sense that his foundation is dedicated to fighting cancer research and families fighting the disease. He beat Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2008 and created his foundation in 2012.
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Rizzo is very charitable with kids as well. He visits kids fighting cancer often, and this past season granted a Make-A-Wish to a young Illinois kid battling kidney cancer.
All the publicity around baseball players recently isn’t all that great. Addison Russell was released from the Cubs this past offseason because of off-field issues. The Houston Astros had a giant cheating scandal where they stole signs, and they have handled it poorly, it’s like everything was a big joke.
Felipe Vazquez had his…issues, we’ll leave it at that. Mike Trout isn’t marketed by MLB despite being the best player in the world and perhaps the best player ever when all is said and done.
Long story short – the truly good people in baseball are few and far between, and it’s refreshing to see them when it does happen. It’s even better when they represent your team. Anthony Rizzo is precisely the type of player fans should want representing their team, regardless if he’s the face of the franchise or not. Rizzo should be a Cub for life, and there is only one year left on his contract after this season that may not happen, and it’s a team option. There have been no talks of an extension this winter.
Cubs’ teammate Jason Heyward joined Rizzo in the charitable donations, giving $200,000 to local charities during the coronavirus outbreak. $100,000 to Mothers Against Senseless Killing, and another $100,000 to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, according to NBC Chicago 5.
Despite what may be happening with the higher-ups of the Cubs, the team still has plenty of players to root for, and Cubs fans will root for them until they retire, and hopefully, guys like Heyward and Rizzo retire as Cubs.