Chicago Cubs First Baseman; #44

by BRIANNA NORTON

Anthony Vincent Rizzo, 28 years of age; the Chicago Cubs astonishing first baseman. Drafted in the sixth round by the Boston Red Sox in the 2007 draft, Rizzo played in the minor leagues for the Boston Red Socks for three years. Rizzo was then traded to the San Diego Padres after the 2010 season; and Major League Baseball debut was on June 9th, 2011. Two years later he was traded to the Chicago Cubs, where he is still playing.

His career took off and continues to skyrocket, his numbers proving so. Over the span of his Major League career he has, 890 hits, 532 runs batted in (RBI), 166 home runs, and 46 stolen bases. Rizzo played in the All Star Game in 2014, 2015, and 2016. 2016 was a huge year for him; playing in the All Star game, winning the World Series, receiving both the Gold Glove Award and the Platinum Glove award, the Silver Slugger award, and the Fielding Bible Award.

Before the Major League Baseball life, Rizzo was unfortunate to be diagnosed with limited stage classical Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2008. On September 2nd, 2008, Rizzo and his family were informed that he was in remission. He still had about six weeks of treatment left, meaning chemotherapy for a total of six months. On November 18th, Rizzos doctor told him he could live a normal life.

In 2012, Rizzo and his family created the non-profit organization, “The Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation.” The foundation is to help fund cancer research and help the families that are fighting cancer. In August the foundation announced their $3.5 million gift to the Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, bringing its total donations to the hospital to more than four million dollars. The foundation puts on many charity events annually, some being Walk off for Cancer, Laugh Off for Cancer, Cook Off for Cancer,  “An individual does not battle cancer alone, but that the whole family battles it together.” – A. Rizzo.