Shirtless Anthony Rizzo was the only clue Elisabeth Moss needed.
The star of Hulu's hit show "The Handmaid's Tale" and noted hardcore Cubs fan said she found out of the show's 13 Emmy nominations — including her own (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series) — thanks to a GIF of Anthony Rizzo shirtless from her publicist.
"I woke up to GIF from my publicist, Erica, of a shirtless Anthony Rizzo from the Cubs and knew it was good news (because a shirtless Rizzo is always good news) but 13 is blowing my mind!" Moss told TV Guide (h/t Chicago Tribune).
Moss has been very public of her Cubs fandom since even before their World Series championship and the respect is mutual — Joe Maddon is a big fan of the show.
But as for that GIF of Rizzo, it had to be this one, right (which originates from Rizzo's 2015 All-Star campaign)?
Or this one, from his stint on "Saturday Night Live" with David Ross and Dexter Fowler?
Rizzo had a shirt on here, but maybe this would've been the perfect GIF for Moss' publicist:
Let's check in on the other half of Bryzzo for reaction:
On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Tony Andracki, Kelly Crull, Scott Changnon and Jeff Nelson give us their memories of Joe Maddon's time with the Cubs and discuss David Ross and Joe Espada's candidacy to be the next manager.
01:30 Kelly's memories of Joe from the perspective of a reporter
06:00 Going back to Hazleton with Joe
07:45 Joe's legacy as manager of the Cubs
16:00 How Joe impacted Javy Baez' career
18:00 David Ross and Joe Espada may be the leaders to replace Joe Maddon
Listen here or via the embedded player below:
As the Cubs peruse over their list of managerial candidates, one name reportedly made a strong impression following his interview with the team.
According to NBC Sports Chicago’s David Kaplan, Astros bench coach Joe Espada left the Cubs front office “exceptionally impressed” following his interview on Monday.
Espada, 44, has spent the last two seasons as Astros bench coach following three seasons as Yankees third base coach. He is one of MLB’s more sought after managerial candidates this winter and one of three known external candidates for the Cubs’ opening, along with Joe Girardi and Gabe Kapler.
Former Cubs catcher and current front office assistant David Ross has been the presumed front runner for the Cubs' opening. But based on Kaplan’s report, Espada clearly has given Epstein and Co. something to think about, which makes sense, considering Espada is coming from an innovative Astros organization.
Epstein said at his end-of-season press conference that there’s no timeline for the Cubs’ managerial search. However, MLB prefers teams to not make big announcements during the World Series, which kicks off on Oct. 22. Thus, the Cubs may not make an announcement for little while longer, though this is purely speculation.
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