Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is taking the MLB’s “let the kids play” mantra literally.
The 2016 World Series Champion and retired Little Leaguer surprised a group of young Chicago-area baseball players on Tuesday by inviting them to run drills and imparting some invaluable wisdom.
Rizzo told AOL.com that his main advice for current Little Leaguers is simple, and it’s the same advice that he received when he was in their shoes: Just have fun.
“My mom and dad always made it very easy for my brother and I to have fun in all sports, and baseball was no different,” he said. “We always had a good time, we were always laughing, we were always the team that had the most fun. That’s what being a kid is all about.”
Fourteen years after the infamous catch that changed his life, disgraced Chicago Cubs fan Steve Bartman has returned to Wrigley Field.
On Monday, Bartman met with Cubs owner Tom Ricketts and received the gift of a lifetime — a World Series ring.
“On behalf of the entire Chicago Cubs organization, we are honored to present a 2016 World Series Championship Ring to Mr. Steve Bartman,” the Cubs said in a statement to local news station WGN.
Bartman became a household name in 2003 when he reached for a foul ball that left fielder Moises Alou was attempting to catch during Game 6 of the National League Championship Series. The Cubs were winning that game, but would go on to lose it and the series, lengthening their championship drought another year.