He came, he saw, he conquered. Anthony Rizzo went 2-4 with an RBI in his Cubs debut last night, making no fewer than 30 Gold Glove-caliber plays at first base.
“He did not act like much of a kid tonight,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said after Rizzo’s triumphant night. “You can’t teach no-panic. But you need the ‘full monty’ — guys getting on base in front of him and then it snowballs into extra at-bats that your third, fourth and fifth hitters are getting to come back and win games.”
Despite the coming of Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro seems to think he can’t carry the team to this year’s World Series all by himself.
“It is about the whole team,” said Castro, who batted ahead of Rizzo. “He helps a lot, but we need to get [production] from everybody to be a good team, not just him.”
Way to be a wet blanket, Castro.
So how did Mr. Rizzo feel last night?
“It was awesome,” he said. “My first thoughts coming in here was the sight of that green door opening like ‘Rookie of the Year,’ the movie. I didn’t see that. I got lost coming in. But it was a lot of fun today.”
He looked calm, cool and collected out there. Did he take a Xanax or something before the game?
“That’s how I play the game, I play really relaxed,” he said. “Everyone always tells me, it looks like you’re not even trying. I like hearing that a lot. Just try not to hype it up too much and get too riled up. I knew once (I got) out there my adrenaline was going to take over.”
That’s good to hear. And he already knows the score with unreasonable fans and media.
“I was the ‘savior’ last year (in San Diego) too,” he said. “And that’s why I think it’s easier this year to come up. Hopefully this is just a building block of what is to come here in the city and the organization. I think there are a lot of good things to come and hopefully we can look back and this is one of the first steps.”
I think we’ve got ourselves a first baseman, folks.