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Anthony Rizzo motivated by possible upcoming 'Last Dance' for Chicago Cubs

Anthony Rizzo motivated by possible upcoming 'Last Dance' for Chicago Cubs

Is Anthony Rizzo motivated by a possible “Last Dance” of sorts for the Cubs in 2021? Hell yeah.

Rizzo spoke with David Kaplan on his radio show Tuesday morning when Kaplan brought up the notion of an impending “Last Dance” for the North Siders core.

“You watched ‘The Last Dance,’” said Kaplan. “You have one more year after this if they pick up your option-- which I’m sure they will. Kris (Bryant) has another year. (Willson) Contreras has two, there are a few more that will still be around.

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“But, it’ll probably never be the same. Theo’s not under contract after ‘21. Does that perspective that ‘This may be our ‘Last Dance,’ boys, let’s leave everything out there,’ does that fuel Anthony Rizzo?

“It definitely does,” said Rizzo. “I mean, we want to win… we want to get back on top, we want to be dominant.”

At the same time, the players can only control what they do on the field-- just like the Bulls could only control what happened on the court. And Rizzo is setting his sights high for 2020.

“This isn’t about being happy about making the playoffs this year. A lot of teams will be, a lot of teams will be very happy to make the playoffs and a decent run. This isn't about that. This is about all of us knowing that this is kind of coming to an end here with all the guys being under team control.

“We’re fueled by each other, and that’s the best part of being in this clubhouse right now.”

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Cubs' Javier Báez, wife Irmarie are expecting a second child

Cubs' Javier Báez, wife Irmarie are expecting a second child

Cubs shortstop Javier Báez made a big announcement on Monday: he and his wife, Irmarie, are expecting a second child. 

Báez revealed the news in an adorable social media post with the help of his 2-year-old son, Adrian.

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Congrats to the Báez family!

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Cubs GM Jed Hoyer on unrest in Chicago: 'There's so much tension in the world'

Cubs GM Jed Hoyer on unrest in Chicago: 'There's so much tension in the world'

Cubs manager David Ross learned on Monday of the previous night’s unrest in downtown Chicago from his players. Some lived close enough for it to wake them up.

“I just listened to their stories,” Ross said. “I just feel like every day there’s something new. And I hope … our world gets back to being better in so many ways: health, society, emotionally, trying to get back to loving one another as best we can, as human beings.”

Police, responding to a call about a man with a gun, shot a young man in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood on Sunday afternoon. According to police, the individual was 20 years old and shot first as he fled from a confrontation. The officers returned fire. The young man was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive, according to Chicago police Superintendent David Brown.

CPD Deputy Chief Yolanda Talley told reporters that misinformation about the age of the individual spread. Investigators said the same misinformation sparked the destruction downtown in the early hours of Monday morning.

Hundreds of people gathered downtown, vandalizing and looting stores along the Magnificent Mile and surrounding areas. More than 100 people were arrested. A civilian and a private security guard were shot, according to the Chicago Tribune. Thirteen police officers were injured.

“There's so much tension in the world right now,” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said, “between the economy, unemployment numbers and COVID, just a constant sense of anxiety is over your daily lives, that violence… is going to happen with all this tension.

“And I think that the hope is that we can release that tension here hopefully soon, whether it's through a vaccine, or through controlling the virus better or improving the economy because with so much tension on everyone's lives right now, it's a sad end result of what's happening.”