On this date in 2012, the Chicago Cubs set course for becoming the MLB power that they currently are when Anthony Rizzo made his Cubs' debut.
The Cubs faced off against an above .500 Mets team at Wrigley Field on a warm summer night on the North Side. Anthony Rizzo was called up from Triple-A Iowa to start at first base for the 25-48 Chicago Cubs.
Rizzo had a terrific game at the friendly confines, going 2-for-4 with a single and a double. Rizzo's first career RBI also gave the Cubs the lead as they cruised to a 5-3 victory.
It is difficult to deny the impact that Anthony Rizzo has had on this organization, both on and off the field. He was a core piece of the 2016 World Series team that will live on in hearts of Cubs fans everywhere for all of eternity, and he has become the face of the franchise because of his combination of on-field stardom and off-field philanthropy.
In eight seasons with the Chicago Cubs entering action on this anniversary of his debut, Rizzo has collected 1,111 hits, 209 home runs, 681 runs batted in, a .274 batting average, and a .868 on-base plus slugging (OPS) through 1,087 games.
Anthony Rizzo is the poster boy for the Cubs. He is everything teams want in a leader, a superstar, and a member of the community. It would be an absolute shame if #44 is not flying on the foul poles at Wrigley someday once Rizzo decides to call it a career.
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