Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has hit 64 home runs since debuting in 2011, but none of the previous 62 were as special as the two he hit Tuesday.
Sure, the two home runs helped him set a new career high of 25 homers in a season. However, that isn’t why the two long balls were special. This story goes beyond baseball.
According to MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat, Rizzo made his monthly visit to the cancer ward at Chicago’s Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital earlier Tuesday. While there, the Cubs star met a 22-year-old leukemia patient named Mike Kasallis, who just happens to be a “huge Cubs fan.”
Kasallis asked Rizzo to hit a home run for him. It may be tough to make a promise like that, but Rizzo told his new buddy that he would make a gesture for him if he hit a home run in the game.
As fate would have it, Rizzo would end up hitting not one, but two home runs that night.
It doesn’t get any better than that.