3/10 Rizzo stops by

Anthony Rizzo did stop by HoHoKam Stadium on Sunday to say hello and goodbye to his Cubs teammates, pick up some bats, and take a few swings. Rizzo and Team Italy have advanced in the World Baseball Classic, and next play Tuesday in Miami. It’ll be a homecoming for Rizzo, who grew up in Parkland, Fla. Dale Sveum has supported Rizzo.

“I told him, ‘You’re going to be part of something that’ll be playoff type atmosphere when you’re playing in games’ and I think it’s an experience you can’t pass up,” Sveum said. “Any experience like that will always be beneficial in the season, in the playoffs, when you’ve gone through some intensity that you don’t go through in regular season games.”

Rizzo said he’s still not fluent in Italian. He’s enjoying the cap exchange between players of each team, and so far has collected one from Joey Votto and Ryan Braun.

– Carrie Muskat

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