Anthony Rizzo, Babe Ruth and Wrigley's 100th

Anthony Rizzo, Babe Ruth and Wrigley's 100th
April 23, 2014, 2:15 pm
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Tony Andracki

When Anthony Rizzo steps in the left-handed batter's box at Wrigley Field, the enormity of the moment doesn't get to him.

But that doesn't mean the 24-year-old Cubs star doesn't acknowledge the run of history at the 100-year-old ballpark.

"A lot of Hall of Fame players played here. A lot of World championships were played here," Rizzo said. "I stand in the same box Babe Ruth stood in."

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Ruth, probably the most well-known baseball player of all time, famously stood at home plate at Wrigley Field and called his shot during Game 3 of the 1932 World Series, crushing a home run in one of the most iconic moments in the game's history.

Wrigley Field celebrated its 100th birthday Wednesday and Rizzo - sporting that 1914 Chicago Federals throwback - trotted out to first base for his 138th game at the Friendly Confines. The ballpark has been kind to him so far in 2014, as he's hitting .432 with a 1.040 OPS through 11 games.

Rizzo is locked up through the 2019 season, so unless the Cubs actually move to the suburbs, he'll have a lot more opportunities to play at Wrigley Field.

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Which is just fine by him.

"There's still steel from 100 years ago," Rizzo said. "How it's still standing, I don't know. But it's really unique.

"It'll be cool every time we wear throwback jerseys. It's always a fun day to do that. It'll never get old playing here."