Anthony Rizzo Apologizes to Umpire for Complaining About Strikezone, Buys Cubs Some Good Karma (Video)
Chicago Cubs first baseman bought his team some good karma this week with a pretty great act of sportsmanship, and Fox caught the whole thing on their home plate microphone.
It all went down during Game 4 of the NLCS between the Dodgers and Cubs in Los Angeles. In the top of the fourth, with the Cubs up 4-0 in a must-win game, a dialled-in Rizzo came to the plate and worked a 3-1 count against Dodgers pitcher Pedro Baez. The next pitch was an inside fastball that Rizzo thought was a ball, so he took off to first base.
However, the statcast pitch tracker thought it was a strike, and so did home plate umpire Angel Hernandez. So Rizzo had to get back in the box, where he did this to the 3-2 pitch:
Now, we’ve seen much worse behavior toward umpires than what we saw there from Anthony Rizzo. But Rizzo felt bad about showing up Angel Hernandez in that situation. So the next time he came to the plate, he apologized.
Take a look:
Of course, if Anthony Rizzo played for the Cardinals the folks over at Deadspin would write a 1,500 word post explaining how he’s actually a self-righteous asshole. Luckily he plays for the Cubs, so we can all just enjoy this feel-good story.