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1 person Chicago Cubs fans will always adore – #1: Anthony Rizzo

This generation’s ‘Mr. Cub’ and the unofficial captain during the most successful run the franchise has seen since the early 20th century, Anthony Rizzo will always hold a special place in our hearts.

He’s still out there on the free agent market, but after moving out of his Chicago home this month, a reunion seems more unlikely than ever. The team’s spring 2021 extension offer looks like it’ll hold up incredibly well with time, but that certainly doesn’t change the emotions that came with watching him get traded to the Yankees at the deadline.

Rizzo was here for it all. The hard-to-watch 101-loss 2012 iteration of the Cubs to the 103-win World Series championship club inn 2016 and many other years. He felt like the likeliest member of the team to spend his entire career on the North Side, but the relationship soured quickly this year and he’s out looking for a new team.

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A cancer survivor and a tireless force in the community, Rizzo is one of the good guys in sports and Chicago embraced him, both on and off the field. If there’s one guy we see at Cubs Convention 20 years from now who will garner the same type of affection legends like Billy Williams, Ernie Banks and Ron Santo saw over the years, it’s Rizzo.