As J.J. Watt does his thing to help out the people of Houston in the wake of tragedy, Anthony Rizzo is making sure his city of Chicago is taken care of.
Rizzo is one of the most charitable athletes on the planet, constantly giving his time and money to better the community.
The face of the Cubs took that a step further Tuesday with an eye-popping total donated to Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago:
Yes, you read that right.
That is $3.5 MILLION in donation from the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation to Lurie. To put that in perspective, that is half of Rizzo's salary for 2017 (he's making $7 million this season).
When awarding the check to the hospital, Rizzo got emotional in talking about his past battle with cancer, even calling Lurie a "home away from home."
"This means a lot to me," a tearful Rizzo said. "I remember sitting with my mom saying we're gonna do this 10 years ago. This is just a little step to our mission. To be able to give back and do this type of work is so much bigger than winning the World Series or doing anything on the baseball field just because my family's been through it and there are so many families here going through it. This is as real as it gets in life. Today's a big day for our family, our foundation, but the mission isn't over. We want to continue to grow as a foundation and this is an amazing step to what we're doing."
Rizzo also said this makes more than $4 million donated from his foundation to Lurie's.
"This is awesome," Rizzo said. "This feels like a home away from home when I come here. The staff is so great; they treat us so well. So many families that we've been able to come in contact with to see people grow, see people get better, unfortunately see some people pass away, which is never easy. The doctors here are so amazing, the staff here is so amazing. It's first class. To see this all come together is crazy to me."
He's also on a tear on the field, setting a new career-high with 26 RBI in August to go along with a .343 average and 1.007 OPS.
All of Chicago toward "Tony" right now: