Perhaps Anthony Rizzo's best moment as a Cub wasn't seen by fans at the ballpark or watching on TV. Amazingly, he didn't even have a bat in his hand at the time. That moment of truth occurred in the Cubs' clubhouse in Phoenix after a loss in final road series, when Rizzo stood next to Darwin Barney during a postgame interview. Barney's attempt at breaking the major league, single-season record for consecutive errorless games by a second baseman ended with one inning left in the game. Rizzo may have been able to prevent the error by blocking the wild throw so the runner on third didn't come around and score, which was the reason Barney was charged, since the runner on first was credited with an infield hit. Rizzo felt he was to blame for the streak ending. That's debatable. But whether he was or not, the fact he stood by his teammate at that low point in Barney's season was not overlooked by Rizzo's manager or the front office.
Position analysis: Rizzo an anchor at first base
Chicago Tribune | Oct 9