Anthony Rizzo lets the kids play: Cubs superstar surprises Little Leaguers in Chicago

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.”

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The best photos from the wild 2017 World Series

The 2017 World Series began with the shortest game in the championship’s history, but that quick and easy game sure wasn’t a sign of things to come.

After seven games, two finishes in extra innings, a seemingly endless amount of lead changes and more home runs than we’ve ever seen, a champion has finally been crowned.

The Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of this year’s Fall Classic on Wednesday night — a win-or-go-home game for both rosters. The emotional win gave the Astros their first World Series title in franchise history.

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Looking back: 16 iconic photos from the 9/11 attacks, 16 years later

Sixteen years have passed since the attacks of September 11, 2001 killed nearly 3,000 people and forever altered the world as we knew it.

From the instant President George W. Bush was informed of the attacks to the raising of the American flag by firefighters among ground zero’s wreckage, photographers were there to document what had in an instant become one of the most important days in history.

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Haunting photos show wildfire as frightening backdrop to golf game

Harrowing photos out of Washington this week show golfers playing their rounds as the devastating Eagle Creek wildfire burns in the distance.

The photos, taken by Reuters photographer Kristi McCluer at the Beacon Rock Golf Course in North Bonneville, Washington, give a glimpse into the devastation the fire has wreaked on the Northwest.

The blaze began outside of Portland, Oregon, earlier this week but has engulfed over 10,000 acres, including across the river into Washington. As of Tuesday, it is one of 81 wildfires currently affecting the United States.

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The first self-portrait in 1893 may have marked the beginning of the selfie phenomenon

Selfies may have taken over social media over the past few years, but that doesn’t mean they’re a new thing.

Technically speaking, one of the earliest known photographs of a person also qualifies as the first selfie. In 1839, photography pioneer Robert Cornelius took a photo of himself using the daguerrotype method — a slow process that allowed him to set up the camera and then run to pose.

Photographer Joseph Byron took the self-portrait to a new level with handheld cameras in 1909.

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Honoring Pulse: Portraits commemorate one-year anniversary of nightclub shooting

The mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub on June 12, 2016, was the worst mass shooting and the deadliest act of violence against the LGBTQ community in the history of the United States.

One year later, the wounds of the community and those who lost loved ones are still healing. The shooting, which was considered a terrorist attack and hate crime, killed 49 people and injured 58 more.

Pulse was a well-known gay bar and dance club in Orlando’s LGBTQ community. The attack occurred during the venue’s Latin Night event — in a city where Hispanics make up roughly 30% of all residents, including the fastest growing Puerto Rican population in the country.

To commemorate and honor the anniversary of the attack, which extensively affected Hispanics and members of the LGBTQ community in Orlando, Dear World released a series of portraits of Pulse survivors, family members, friends and first responders.

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An alternative look at the beauty of the NBA Finals

The third straight NBA Finals matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors is underway. Most basketball fans knew this series was inevitable, with some even saying the monotony is boring — but really, the beauty of this championship is just hidden in the details.

To break up the inevitable repetition of Cavs-Warriors Part III, photographers have been capturing some unexpected shots of different facets of the games — from brightly-lit dunks under strobe lights to quieter moments with the players before tip-off.

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FBI releases never-before-seen photos from 9/11 investigation

The FBI has recently made public several photos from the investigation inside the Pentagon after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

The images, posted to the FBI’s records vault, give a new look into the destruction seen firsthand by emergency personnel responding to the attack.

American Airlines Flight 77 was hijacked and flown into the western wall of the Pentagon on the morning of September 11, in coordination with the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City less than an hour earlier, and followed by the crashing of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

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A look back at the best photos from the year in sports

2016 was a beast of a year.

With all that went on in news and politics around the world, it was nice to be able to sit back, relax and watch some sports every once in a while.

… Sorry, did we say ‘relax’? We meant scream and jump and cry and pull your hair out and not relax even a little bit at all.

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(Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)