Could Anthony Rizzo be the Real Deal?

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Written by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music)

Edited by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)

After seeing Cubs’ first baseman, Anthony Rizzo, crush a 475-foot homer in Thursday’s game against Texas, I couldn’t help but wonder whether or not the Cubs have finally found a real solution at first base.

The Cubs have been searching for a reliable and consistent bat at first base since…well…since Derek Lee broke his wrist in 2006.  Lee showed flashes of greatness after he came back, but he never again showed the consistency he did before that injury.  After Lee’s departure the Cubs faithful have watched a rather pedestrian list of players try to fill the role (Carlos Pena, Xavier Nady, and Bryan LaHair just to name a few).  After suffering through that, I think we fans are due for something big!

Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein saw something special in Rizzo (apparently he wasn’t special enough for Boston, but for Chicago he’ll do just fine…but I digress) and traded for him soon after taking the helm.  Call me a skeptic, but apparently I’m not drinking the same fizzy beverage that they’re serving out there in the Wrigley bleachers.

Suffering through the Jim Hendry years has left me a little bit cynical.  I suppose you can blame some of my skepticism on a few guys named Kosuke, Alfonso, and Milton…all of whom were supposed to propel my Cubbies to a World Series ring.  I think we all know how that turned out.  After watching guys like this, can you blame us Cubs fans for being a little skittish?  It’s not that we’ve lost hope, we just don’t know how many more infield pop ups with runners in scoring position we can take!

Could Rizzo be the real deal?  Maybe so, but it’s going to take more than a couple of nice home runs to convince me that he’s really the answer.