#Cubs Rizzo welcomes back Simon
On April 18, 6-year-old Simon Willis had just gotten to his seats along the right field line at Wrigley Field with his friend, Emmett Goldberg, and Emmett’s parents, Brandy and Todd. The four were eager to see the Cubs play the Padres, but their day ended in the first inning when Simon was struck on the left side of his face by a foul ball off Anthony Rizzo’s bat.
Brandy called Simon’s mother, Elise, who lived near Wrigley, and guesses she got to the ballpark in about seven minutes. Fortunately, Simon was OK and nothing was broken.
“He was a trooper,” Brandy said. “He wanted to play hockey that night.”
On Saturday prior to the Cubs game against the White Sox, Simon got to meet Rizzo. The boy had the ball that hit him, and got Rizzo to autograph it. The Cubs treated the two families and their sons to the game. Simon likes to point out to anyone who asks that he has a connection with Rizzo.
“He says, ‘He hit me in the face with a ball,'” Elise said.
Simon has no hard feelings. He was wearing a Rizzo t-shirt on Saturday.
— Carrie Muskat