Cubs fans are rejoicing today because team management has finally called up first baseman and presumptive savior Anthony Rizzo from Triple-A Iowa.
I am also rejoicing today -- because I don't have to read or hear anymore breathless daily updates from media idiots about Rizzo's performance in the minor leagues. Now, if people want to know what Rizzo is doing they can simply turn on the game.
Rizzo actually had a solid Cubs debut Tuesday night, going 2-for-4 with an RBI double in the North Siders' 5-3 win over the New York Mets. For his own sake, I hope the kid doesn't get caught up in the hype. It's borderline absurd how much the Cubs and the media members who follow them talk up these assorted prospects.
Remember when Hee Seop Choi was the Korean Babe Ruth? That didn't work out so well. Remember when Cubs fans used to taunt White Sox fans because they had Bobby Hill, the great All-Star second baseman of the future?
Rizzo is walking down a road that many players have walked down before. He's being asked to play the savior for a franchise that has stunk for over 100 years. It's a lot of pressure, and there's no doubt this guy is going to be receiving a lot more media attention than your average rookie. The game of baseball is hard enough to play when you don't have to answer a dozen stupid questions every single time you go 0-for-4.
The scrutiny will be a huge test for Rizzo as he tries to establish himself as a major-league hitter. How he handles himself both on the field and off is one of the few interesting storylines to follow in this miserable season of Cubs baseball.