"That was for him," Rizzo said of his third-inning grand slam that gave the Cubs a 4-3 lead in a back-and-forth game. "He is running a 5K tomorrow for kids with cancer. It was cool he could come out and hang here."
"He wrote me a note before the game saying, 'Let's help kids be kids,'" Rizzo said. "This is a nine-year-old helping raise money running 5Ks, and he is completely healthy. It's amazing to see little kids give back and to see what a big heart he has."
The home run was significant for Rizzo in another baseball-centric way as well, as he hadn't homered since June 15, a stretch of 26 games. He now has 20 homers or more for the seventh straight season.
" Home runs come in bunches usually," Rizzo said. "I knew I had not hit one in a while. It has happened to me before in my career. You stay the course in the process. Take what they give you and get your hits."