Found June 27, 2012 on Midwest Sports Fans:
Cubs fans have not had much to cheer about when it comes to the 2012 team. With an abysmal record, a fire sale on the horizon and guys like Jeff Baker and Luis Valbuena seeing significant playing time, fans have been just looking for something to cling to as a reason to get excited. Well, that item has arrived, as the Cubs’ top prospect, Anthony Rizzo, made his debut last night. Anthony Rizzo delivered in his debut with the Chicago Cubs last night. (Photo by SD Dirk via CC BY 2.0) Most of you know about him by now: He’s a cancer survivor, a Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein guy that has always been in the hands of one or both of them in either Boston, San Diego, or Chicago, and he was putting up numbers in AAA this season that are almost impossible. He’s been what Cubs fans have looked forward to all season long, as now there is a reason to watch Cubs games intuitively. However, proceed with caution. Should you be excited? Absolutely, as prospects with as much talent and character as Antho...
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