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Dynasty? Anthony Rizzo wants Cubs to follow in Blackhawks' footsteps

Dynasty? Anthony Rizzo wants Cubs to follow in Blackhawks' footsteps

If anybody knows the landscape and impact of sports in Chicago, it's Anthony Rizzo.

The face of the Cubs knows all too well what it's like to be at the bottom, making his Chicago debut on a team that lost 101 games and earned the No. 2 pick in the MLB draft (which the Cubs used on Kris Bryant, nbd).

And Rizzo also knows how Chicago embraces champions. Long before he helped lead the Cubs to the first World Series championship in more than a century, he witnessed the city's reaction to the Blackhawks year in and year out, including the 2013 and 2015 Stanley Cups.

So when Rizzo says the Cubs want to be just like the Blackhawks, it carries some weight.

"You respect their greatness," Rizzo said, talking to CSN after he took part in Shoot the Puck during intermission of the Blackhawks-Red Wings game Tuesday night. "Our organization tries to pretty much model off what they have done. They've built a dynasty and that's what we want to do."

The Blackhawks have won three Stanley Cups in the last seven years and are consistently one of the top teams in the NHL.

The Cubs have only made the playoffs the last two seasons, but Rizzo doesn't sound crazy using the word "dynasty."

After accomplishing the most triumphant feat in American sports history, what's next? 

It may be too soon to call Rizzo's Cubs a dynasty, but isn't that exactly what their next big-picture goal should be?

Seven Cubs in line to advance to next round of MLB All-Star Game voting

Seven Cubs in line to advance to next round of MLB All-Star Game voting

In the second and final update before the first round of voting closes, the Cubs are still all over All-Star Game voting.

It’s basically status quo in the update. Willson Contreras and Javy Baez are still blowing away the field at their positions, with more than twice as many votes as the closest player.

Kris Bryant remains solidly in second at third base. Anthony Rizzo fell to third behind Freddie Freeman of the Braves, but he is still comfortably ahead of Max Muncy of the Dodgers for the top three spot that will advance him to MLB’s new Starters Election.

All three Cubs outfielders are set to advance as well. Albert Almora Jr. moved up from fifth to fourth and Jason Heyward moved up from seventh to fifth. Interestingly, Bryce Harper is the odd man out, for now, sitting 10th among NL outfielders.

That gives the Cubs seven players set to advance to the Starters Election. Voting for this round closes Friday at 3 p.m. CT. The Starters Election features the top three at each individual position and top nine among outfielders.

 

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Cubs Talk Podcast: It's so good to be with the Director of Morale

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Cubs Talk Podcast: It's so good to be with the Director of Morale

Luke Stuckmeyer and producer Eric Strobel welcome Frederic, aka the Cubs' unofficial Director of Morale. Fred takes us through the origins and growth of his fandom and social media persona (1:30), before discussing how Jake Arrieta's dominance announced the Cubs as contenders (7:30) and the now-ubiquitous hard hats in the bleachers (16:00). Finally, Fred and the guys talk about this year's team, including the lack of strikeout stuff on the pitching staff (22:30) and the unicorn that is Javy Baez (30:00). 

You can listen to the entire thing right here or in the embedded player below: