Anthony Rizzo makes Cubs debut with astounding hype; Wrigleyville abuzz


The Chicago Cubs will probably lose 105+ games this season (the club record is 103), so in this most dreadful of seasons tonight was pretty much their Super Bowl. It’s the first “green shoot” of the Theo Epstein- Jed Hoyer regime, a huge night for Cubs fans and the long term view. And a reason for extra media to show up.

With over a century on ineptitude, Cub fans are always obsessed with the next savior, the next big thing to come along and turn it all around.

Anthony Rizzo has that title now, but in the past the very heavy crown has been worn by: Shawon Dunston, Derrick May, Corey Patterson, Felix Pie, Mark Prior, Kerry Wood, Ty Griffin, Mike Harkey, Hee Sop Choi, Lance Dickson, Gary Scott and many more “can’t miss” prospects who ultimately missed.

Rizzo is an MLB super-prospect and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor, before battling the hype and expectations of the third largest media market and the most success starved of all sports fan bases, he’s battled and conquered cancer.

Rizzo did not make his major league debut tonight, but his Cubs debut was just as hyped and anticipated.

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Superprospect Anthony Rizzo called up to Cubs; for real this time


Update: the Des Moines Register is reporting that Cubs uber-prospect Anthony Rizzo was taken out of last night’s Iowa Cubs game in the 4th inning, and is being called up to the parent club. So far, there hasn’t been word from the big league team as of yet. So this is call-up for real, and not an error/publicity stunt like last time?

What we wrote on Memorial Day weekend:

The Chicago Cubs AAA affiliate, the Iowa Cubs, made a huge PR department blunder tonight; their media relations employees appear either a.) incompetent or b.) manipulative. When the organization itself (the insider of all insiders) gets the news wrong, as they did regarding top prospect Anthony Rizzo, it’s either gross negligence or a desperate play for publicity.

You tell me Iowa Cubs, which is it?

Rizzo, an MLB super-prospect and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor, was removed from tonight’s game in the sixth inning fueling rumors that he was called up to the major league club. Twitter went absolutely nuclear. This series of tweets by the Iowa Cubs official account was the core reactor.

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