Anthony Rizzo was the face of the Chicago Cubs since he came to the MLB for the team in 2012.
Rizzo endured a lot of losing before the Cubs finally got to a point where they could consistently compete. And when they were ready, Rizzo took on the role of the captain.
After weeks of speculation, it was announced that Anthony Rizzo was being traded to the New York Yankees on Thursday afternoon.
The @Yankees keep making moves!
— MLB (@MLB) July 29, 2021
The New York Yankees have disappointed for most of the season. But have made their intentions very clear after adding Anthony Rizzo and Joey Gallo – they’re going for it.
Social media was blowing up with the news that Rizzo was no longer going to be a Chicago Cub.
In Anthony Rizzo’s 10 year tenure with the Cubs:
• 1,308 games
• 243 HR
• 3x All-Star
• 4x Gold Glove
• Caught the final out to clinch the pennant and win the World Series
• World Series Champion
Thank you, #44. Anthony Rizzo is a Chicago legend. pic.twitter.com/a7dAh79bvl
— Cubs Live (@Cubs_Live) July 29, 2021
Words cannot express how lucky Cubs fans have been to watch Anthony Rizzo for the last decade. Thank you so much for everything you’ve done for the city, team & fans. You’re a hero on & off the field. Through the good & bad, you were here. Cub forever, I love you @ARizzo44. pic.twitter.com/ZVFX2OvLa4
— Cubs Zone ™️ (@CubsZone) July 29, 2021
Yankees get Gallo and Rizzo pic.twitter.com/vIaIhCGqAC
— River Ave. Blues (@RiverAveBlues) July 29, 2021
Red Sox: We are going to trade for Anthony Rizzo
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 29, 2021
𝐉𝐮𝐥𝐲 𝟐𝟗, 𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟐
Anthony Rizzo hits his 1st career walk-off home run.
44 for life pic.twitter.com/dlkn7ej18O
— This Day in Chicago Sports (@ChiSportsDay) July 29, 2021
Not sure a trade has ever shocked me like this one. I mean from absolutely nowhere. Holy shit. Anthony Rizzo is a Yankee???
I'm really going to miss the shit out of Luke Voit, but this is an awesome move
— Eric Hubbs (@BarstoolHubbs) July 29, 2021
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The Anthony Rizzo trade marks the end of an era in Chicago. And it might be somewhat surprising given where the Yankees currently stand in their division.
New York is currently nine games back of the Red Sox for first place in the AL East. But they’re a few games behind the A’s for the second wild card spot.
The Yankees are hoping a successful Trade Deadline will change their fortune in 2021. Anthony Rizzo and Joey Gallo is a good place to start.