Results tagged ‘ Anthony Rizzo ’

7/23 Rizzo’s get well wish

When Anthony Rizzo crossed home plate after hitting his 24th, and then his 25th home runs, he touched his fingers to his lips and then pointed to the sky. It was a message to a 22-year-old cancer patient who the Cubs first baseman had met earlier in the day.

On Tuesday, Rizzo made his monthly visit to the cancer ward at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, and met one of the patients, Mike, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. Mike is a “huge Cubs fan,” Rizzo said Wednesday, and the first baseman didn’t exactly promise he would hit a home run, but said he’d try.

Rizzo not only hit one, but notched his seventh career multi-homer game, and third this year, and has set a career high in homers this season, topping the old mark of 23, set last year.

Meeting Mike brought back some memories for Rizzo, 24, who was diagnosed in 2008 with Hodgkins lymphoma, and battled back.

“This one hit more at home for me,” Rizzo said about meeting Mike, his mother, and his girl friend. “I usually don’t get flashbacks, but I did this time.”

– Carrie Muskat

7/22 Rizzo hospital visit

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Anthony Rizzo took time Tuesday to visit patients at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Childrens Hospital in Chicago.

7/21 Rizzo named NL Player of the Week

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was named NL Player of the Week for the period ending July 20. Rizzo, who made his first All-Star appearance last Tuesday, led the Majors with three home runs, 14 total bases and a 1.273 slugging percentage. He was tied for third in the NL in RBI with four. Rizzo hit two home runs on Friday against the D-Backs, then added his 23rd on Sunday. He has now matched his career high in home runs, set last year.

7/11 All-Stars

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Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo show off their National League All-Star jerseys on Friday at Wrigley Field.

(Photo courtesy of Brian Corbin)

7/10 #VoteRizzo

Anthony Rizzo hit his 20th home run Wednesday night in the Cubs’ 4-1 loss to the Reds. Rizzo is the first Cubs left-handed hitter with 20 home runs before the All-Star break since Rick Monday hit 20 in 1973, and the first player in team history to do so since Derrek Lee belted 27 in 2005.

“I’m just being aggressive,” Rizzo said. “Teams are going to pound me in, and I know that’s what they’re going to do. Let them do it, and if they miss, I try to take advantage of it.”

He found out prior to Wednesday’s game that he had passed the Rockies’ Justin Morneau in the online voting for the 2014 All-Star Game Final Vote. He will know Thursday whether he’s going to the All-Star Game. Voting ends at 3 p.m. CT.

“It’s really cool,” Rizzo said of the fans’ support. “I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the fans keep going. I’m really appreciative for all of it. We’ll see what happens.”

If you use Twitter, your vote will count from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT if you use #VoteRizzo. And you can vote as often as you want — there are no limits.

Go to Cubs.com for more information.

– Carrie Muskat

7/9 Vote Rizzo for Final Vote

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has received more than 3 million votes so far in the online voting in the All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian, but he needs more.

According to the latest results posted Wednesday, Rizzo trailed the Rockies’ Justin Morneau in the bid to join the National League All-Star team next Tuesday in Minneapolis. Voting is held exclusively on MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, and the individual Club websites.

Morneau is vying to play in the All-Star Game hosted by his former team, the Twins, and is holding off Rizzo and the Braves’ Justin Upton. All three have received more than 3 million votes each.

The current standings are:

National League

1.Justin Morneau (COL) – # VoteMorneau (N2)
2.Anthony Rizzo (CHI) – #VoteRizzo (N4)
3.Justin Upton (ATL) – #VoteJUp (N5)
4.Anthony Rendon (WSH) – #VoteRendon (N3)
5.Casey McGehee (MIA) – # VoteHitsMcGehee (N1)

American League

1.Chris Sale (CWS) – #TargetSale (A5)
2.Garrett Richards (LAA) – #VoteGRich (A4)
3.Rick Porcello (DET) – #PickRick (A3)
4.Corey Kluber (CLE) – #VoteKluber (A2)
5.Dallas Keuchel (HOU) – #VoteKeuchel (A1)

* On Thursday, Twitter support for Rizzo will count in the last six hours of balloting. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT Thursday, all tweets with a designated player hashtag will be tabulated in official vote totals. So, Cubs fans should tweet #VoteRizzo.

7/8 Final Vote update – #VoteRizzo

Anthony Rizzo is second in the Final Vote balloting, trailing the Rockies’ Justin Morneau. More than 15 million votes have already been cast.

Voting is held exclusively on MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, and the individual Club websites.

In the National League race, Morneau has jumped out to an early, but narrow, lead, trailed most closely by Rizzo and Justin Upton of the Braves. Anthony Rendon of the Nationals and Casey McGehee of the Marlins are in fourth and fifth places, respectively.

Current standings are:

National League
1.Justin Morneau (COL) – # VoteMorneau (N2)
2.Anthony Rizzo (CHI) – #VoteRizzo (N4)
3.Justin Upton (ATL) – #VoteJUp (N5)
4.Anthony Rendon (WSH) – #VoteRendon (N3)
5.Casey McGehee (MIA) – # VoteHitsMcGehee (N1)

American League
1.Chris Sale (CWS) – #TargetSale (A5)
2.Garrett Richards (LAA) – #VoteGRich (A4)
3.Rick Porcello (DET) – #PickRick (A3)
4.Corey Kluber (CLE) – #VoteKluber (A2)
5.Dallas Keuchel (HOU) – #VoteKeuchel (A1)

7/7 Rizzo and Final Vote

Want to see Anthony Rizzo in the All-Star Game? Here’s your to-do list:

1. Visit http://www.cubs.com/vote
2. #VOTERIZZO
3. TEXT “N4” to 89269
4. #VOTERIZZO
5. Visit http://www.mlb.com/vote
6. #VOTERIZZO

Vote early and often. Voting ends Thursday. You can vote more than once.

7/6 Final Vote info

C’mon, fans. Vote Rizzo. Here are the candidates for the Final Vote and details on how to get Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo to the All-Star Game:

American League
Dallas Keuchel (HOU) – #VoteKeuchel (A1)
Corey Kluber (CLE) – #VoteKluber (A2)
Rick Porcello (DET) – #PickRick (A3)
Garrett Richards (LAA) – #VoteGRich (A4)
Chris Sale (CWS) – #TargetSale (A5)

National League
Casey McGehee (MIA) – # VoteHitsMcGehee (N1)
Justin Morneau (COL) – # VoteMorneau (N2)
Anthony Rendon (WSH) – #VoteRendon (N3)
Anthony Rizzo (CHI) – #VoteRizzo (N4)
Justin Upton (ATL) – #VoteJUp (N5)

* Fans began casting votes for the All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Experian on MLB.com and the Club sites immediately, and can continue voting until 3 p.m. CT on Thursday. The winners, as chosen exclusively by online fan voting totals, will be announced on MLB.com shortly thereafter.

In addition to the web, fans can use their mobile phones to cast votes via the mobile web at MLB.com/vote or via text message. To receive the All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian mobile ballot, text the word “VOTE” to 89269. To vote for a specific player, fans can text the choice to 89269. EXAMPLE: Text “A3″ to vote for AL Player 3 or “N3″ to vote for NL Player 3. Standard message and data rates may apply. Text “STOP” to end and “HELP” for information. Mobile voting in Canada also is available and fans should text their choices to 101010.

* TWITTER VOTE BACK FOR THIRD YEAR – THURSDAY, JULY 10 ONLY
For the third consecutive year, the All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote will include social balloting participation, as Twitter support from the 10 candidates’ fans over the last six hours of balloting will count toward their final vote totals. From 9 a.m.-3 p.m. CT on Thursday, any tweet that includes a designated player hashtag (noted above) will be tabulated as part of the official vote total used to determine the American League and National League winners. Fans will be able to follow @MLB for the latest standings updates over the course of the entire four-day voting period.

* FREE MLB.TV TRIAL
Baseball fans have cast more than 430 million online votes for Final Vote candidates since the program’s inception in 2002. In recognition, MLB.com is giving eligible voters a 14-day free trial of MLB.TV from July 11-25. Current MLB.TV subscribers voting will receive a special 15 percent discount to the MLB.com Shop. Fans will receive an e-mail notifying them of the instructions for redeeming their respective All-Star Final Vote offers.

7/6 Vote Rizzo

Anthony Rizzo needs your vote. The Cubs’ first baseman is one of five players up for the 2014 All-Star Game Final Vote, competing for a spot on the National League team with the Rockies’ Justin Morneau, the Nationals’ Anthony Rendon, the Marlins’ Casey McGehee, and the Braves’ Justin Upton.

Rizzo, 24, led all NL first basemen with 17 home runs and was tied for the league lead with 14 homers since April 30. He ranked first among NL first basemen in walks (50), was tied for first with 16 go-ahead RBIs, and fourth with an .873 OPS. Overall, he was batting .274 with 13 doubles, one triple and 45 RBIs in 84 games.

Fans began voting to select the final player for each League’s 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian now. You can cast your votes on MLB.com, and the winner will be announced after the voting concludes on Thursday, July 10.

“It’s an honor to come down to the wire like this, but I’m sure that the other four players are well-deserving as well,” Rizzo said Sunday in Washington after the Cubs’ game against the Nationals. “It’ll be fun.”

– Carrie Muskat

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