Call me a grouch, but I hate when position players pitch in an MLB baseball game. Most fans think it’s cute, it’s fun, it’s different. I happen to find it to be a little too whimsical, and it’s not good baseball to watch a guy get out there and basically throw batting practice to an opposing team for an inning.
With that being said, there was a legitimately fun moment in the Cubs-Braves game today, when Anthony Rizzo was called on to pitch because the Cubs were sucking so bad that it wasn’t even worth it to waste a real pitcher.
Rizzo ended up pitching to Freddie Freeman, who he has had some fun with in the past. The two All-Star first basemen were exchanging smiles and laughs throughout the entire at-bat. Surprisingly, the AB ended with Rizzo striking out last year’s MVP.
Rizzo just struck out Freddie.
Yep, you read that correctly. pic.twitter.com/pjrjNkft1Y
— Cut4 (@Cut4) April 29, 2021
Sure enough, Anthony Rizzo striking out Freddie Freeman is all over social media.
Anthony Rizzo strikes out Freddie Freeman and they can't stop laughing 😆 pic.twitter.com/eExj4N6npO
— Bally Sports: Braves (@BravesOnBally) April 29, 2021
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) April 29, 2021
Freddie Freeman is 4-for-5 tonight.
The only player to get him out? Anthony Rizzo. pic.twitter.com/Jd7kJhBcrt
— MLB (@MLB) April 29, 2021
Baseball is supposed to be fun. And not many have more fun than Rizzo and Freeman. https://t.co/cWL0LvcRJB
— Freeport Yellow Jackets Baseball (@FAHS_Baseball) April 29, 2021
This is my favorite moment of the whole season.
Freddie Frederick Freeman was 4 for 4 vs the Cubs’ real pitchers.
Then Anthony Rizzo took the mound.
And this happened.
Because baseball! https://t.co/Qeh42ORdea
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) April 29, 2021
Anthony Rizzo strikes out Freddie Freeman with some absolute FILTH pic.twitter.com/zx2O1dX3gn
— Cubs Insider (@realcubsinsider) April 29, 2021
Freddie Freeman and Anthony Rizzo is just pure entertainment.
Freeman was 4-for-4 tonight before Rizzo got him swinging with a strikeout.
— Grant McAuley (@grantmcauley) April 29, 2021
#Cubs Anthony Rizzo just struck out Freddie Freeman. You did not read that wrong.
— Taylor McGregor (@Taylor_McGregor) April 29, 2021
Anthony Rizzo just struck out reigning NL MVP Freddie Freeman.
On his way to a CY Young! pic.twitter.com/bwTg5hx9NX
— Cubs Live (@Cubs_Live) April 29, 2021
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Ok, even I’ll admit, that’s kind of fun.
It looked like Freddie Freeman was not at all expecting Rizzo to throw him an off-speed pitch there, and he just couldn’t wait back enough. Even he had to get a kick out of that one.
Knowing Anthony Rizzo, I’m sure we’ll never hear the end of the time he struck out one of the best hitters in baseball, Freddie Freeman.