Anthony Rizzo has kind of nailed this whole leadoff thing.
The Cubs' slugging first baseman has thrived in his first two games as the team's unorthodox leadoff man, smacking leadoff homers in each of the last two games to go along with other offensive highlights.
As he yelled in the dugout after hitting Leadoff Homer No. 2 on Wednesday night, "Anthony loves batting leadoff!"
And, in the face of indisputable evidence, Rizzo has already crowned himself the greatest leadoff hitter of all-time.
"I'm statistically the greatest leadoff hitter of all-time," Rizzo said after Wednesday's game. "I'd like to retire there and just talk smack to everyone that tries to do it."
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Forget Rickey Henderson. Forget Tim Raines. Forget Craig Biggio and Lou Brock and Ichiro Suzuki. Rizzo's your guy, Hall of Fame.
Of course Rizzo is joking around, but Joe Maddon's unconventional move has paid off for the Cubs. Rizzo was excellent in Tuesday night's 14-3 blowout win. Wednesday he kickstarted another game with a leadoff homer before the Cubs blew a 4-1 lead en route to a 9-4 defeat.
The team's performance as a whole will most likely determine where Rizzo spends most of his time in the batting order this season, but the leadoff thing sure is going well for now.