Anthony Rizzo will make Cub fans forget (insert bust here)
BY DAN CAHILL Twitter: @DanCahill_cst June 27, 2012 12:38PM
Updated: June 27, 2012 4:45PM
The only person to ever live up to the hype in Cubdom has been announcer Harry Caray. Sure, the “Bud Man” flubbed a few names every now and then, but he delivered on most days.
Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs’ next Messiah, is here. With him comes the Century-old hope that he’ll miraculously turn “L” flags into “W” flags. It’s good to believe, Cubs fans, but I have news for you: (spoiler
alert) “The Polar Express” was fictional.
Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against Anthony Rizzo.
He looks like he’ll be better than Felix Pie, Corey Patterson and Ty Griffin. He’s sure to have more power than Kosuke Fukudome. Heck, he might even surpass the greatness of Cubbie favorite Mark Grace, a career 12-HR-a-year guy. (Tip to AR: Don’t smoke and stay out of the Wrigleyville watering holes.)
The point is, how many times have we heard this from the North Side? From Earl Cunningham to Hee-Seop Choi, somebody is always going to come along to make us forget the Lou Brock trade. But it never happens.
I’ll say one thing about our rivals to the South, players have to prove themselves before they’re deified. Just ask Frank Thomas.
Point is, let’s not coronate Rizzo before he’s worthy. Let’s show some patience. Let him succeed and let him fail. Give him room to breathe, even if the faltering Cubs want to suffocate us with the hype. Don’t give in to the tempation. Give hope a chance.
Still, watching last night I couldn’t help but admire the 22-year-old Rizzo’s swing—smooth, short, quick and explosive. It had me thinking, he might have the best lefty stroke of any Cub since Scot Thompson.