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Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Stoneman Douglas names baseball field after Chicago Cubs star Anthony Rizzo after premiering field’s

Standing near the pitcher’s mound of his old baseball diamond, Anthony Rizzo recounted how he was cut from the Stoneman Douglas varsity baseball team.

Despite the discouraging demotion to junior varsity, Rizzo did make the Eagles’ varsity squad eventually. He was later drafted by the Boston Red Sox and became a star for the Chicago Cubs.

Now one of Major League Baseball’s top first basemen, Rizzo found a way to give back to his alma mater. The former Douglas star donated $150,000 and helped raise additional funds so the school could install lights for the baseball and softball fields.

On Monday, the school debuted the lights and named the baseball field Anthony Rizzo Field.

 

QLE Posted: February 04, 2020 at 01:09 AM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: anthony rizzo, charity, high school baseball

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   1. Mayor Blomberg Posted: February 04, 2020 at 01:32 AM (#5921441)
welcome to "You Idiots Cut Anthony Rizzo Field"
   2. Charles S. is not doing chainsaw bears any more Posted: February 04, 2020 at 09:52 AM (#5921471)
Just one more thing to add to the list of why Anthony Rizzo is the best guy ever.
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 04, 2020 at 01:14 PM (#5921534)
So...potentially unpopular take here...

Yes, Rizzo has demonstrated himself to be a generous guy with respect to charity, so that's not at issue. My first reaction to this, though, is that maybe that amount of money could have been better directed within the community, or even within the school itself, than to giving high school kids the chance to play baseball/softball at night rather than just during daylight hours.

It's obviously not my place to tell Rizzo how to donate, but I just think there could very likely have been a bigger impact elsewhere. Am I an awful person?
   4. Dog on the sidewalk has an ugly bracelet Posted: February 04, 2020 at 01:47 PM (#5921547)
Yeah, kinda.
   5. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: February 04, 2020 at 01:52 PM (#5921548)
It's obviously not my place to tell Rizzo how to donate, but I just think there could very likely have been a bigger impact elsewhere. Am I an awful person?


First of all, there needs to be joy in life too. As a kid, who wants to get only new underwear and socks for Christmas, even if you could use underwear and socks? Secondly, not having lights can really hamper a program. In S. FL, we start HS baseball and softball in id feb. Without lights, games have to start by 4 PM until the time changes. It's tough to get umpires, who normally have day jobs, to do games at 4 PM. Many schools have restrictions on letting kids out early for sports, and thus it's tough to schedule opponents for weekday 4 PM games. Teams usually schedule a JV/Varsity DH, which is impossible to do without lights. Thus, you need separate days to do JV and V, and now you are back to the 4 PM start problem, only doubled.
   6. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: February 04, 2020 at 02:16 PM (#5921562)

Yeah, he could have bought them new textbooks or something but this is still a good thing to do. Rizzo has also donated a lot to various children's hospitals.

To add to Misirlou's post, another nice thing about having lights is that it enables them to play night games, and parents who work during the day can see their kids play.

For those not aware, this is the school in Parkland where 17 people were killed in a school shooting in 2018. I'm happy to see them get some nice things.
   7. SoSH U at work Posted: February 04, 2020 at 02:20 PM (#5921564)
In S. FL, we start HS baseball and softball in id feb.


As the father of a HS baseball player in Northwest Indiana, where the season only theoretically starts in April but still ends in May, my heart definitely breaks for them.

   8. Moses Taylor, glorified meat shield Posted: February 04, 2020 at 02:27 PM (#5921566)
It's obviously not my place to tell Rizzo how to donate, but I just think there could very likely have been a bigger impact elsewhere. Am I an awful person?

If this was it for him, sure, perhaps there's some more validity to that argument. As this is one small part of a larger theme, I don't see why there's anything to nitpick here as it's a very targeted and specific gift in an area that made everything possible for him.

Everyone, us included, could always do more.
   9. Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: February 04, 2020 at 02:32 PM (#5921569)
Highschool baseball programs rank pretty low on the effective altruists' lists of places you should donate.

On the other hand, this is certainly better than Rizzo buying another Ferrari or whatever. And we don't want the perfect to be the enemy of the good. So even if this money would be better spent preventing the spread of malaria (or whatever), I'm pro this.

On a somewhat different topic: Jesus Luzardo is also an alum. You see that he was born in Peru and assume that the Nats are really expanding their South American scouting department. But no, 3rd round draft pick.
   10. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: February 04, 2020 at 03:39 PM (#5921591)
As the father of a HS baseball player in Northwest Indiana, where the season only theoretically starts in April but still ends in May, my heart definitely breaks for them.


So therefore they shouldn't get lights? because they live in a warm climate and others don't?
   11. Walt Davis Posted: February 04, 2020 at 03:49 PM (#5921594)
What Rizzo does. The video is overly focused on Rizzo but he does good work beyond stuff like lights. And within the last year, his Foundation raised at least a few million and, per Wiki, has donated at least $6 M towards various cancer-related and other causes. He won the Clemente Award in 2017.
   12. SoSH U at work Posted: February 04, 2020 at 03:50 PM (#5921595)
So therefore they shouldn't get lights? because they live in a warm climate and others don't?


I didn't say anything like that.
   13. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: February 04, 2020 at 03:59 PM (#5921600)
I didn't say anything like that.


Yes, but your comment seemed needlessly snarky in response to my explanation as to why lights are important to a baseball program.
   14. SoSH U at work Posted: February 04, 2020 at 04:22 PM (#5921613)
Yes, but your comment seemed needlessly snarky in response to my explanation as to why lights are important to a baseball program.


They're useful, for sure. Not nearly as useful as warm weather, but they can help.
   15. McCoy Posted: February 04, 2020 at 05:23 PM (#5921621)
I would imagine Rizzo wanted to donate and have it be baseball related. I would guess lights lined up with how much he was willing to donate. That's generally how this works. The school has projects and go looking for finite not the other way around.
   16. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: February 04, 2020 at 05:46 PM (#5921626)

On the other hand, this is certainly better than Rizzo buying another Ferrari or whatever.
I wonder if auto workers who make Ferraris would agree.
   17. Tom Nawrocki Posted: February 04, 2020 at 05:50 PM (#5921630)
Workers who make stadium lights deserve the business just as much as workers who make Ferraris.
   18. gef, talking mongoose & vexatious litigant Posted: February 04, 2020 at 05:52 PM (#5921632)
The junior high ballfield (site of baseball, maybe softball, maybe soccer & definitely football games, depending on the season) adjoining my backyard seems to have its lights on most nights, regardless of whether any games (complete with rather audible PA & music) are going on. I'd definitely like to donate those to some other school.
   19. Walt Davis Posted: February 04, 2020 at 10:46 PM (#5921711)
Workers who make stadium lights deserve the business just as much as workers who make Ferraris.

That depends on who lives in swing states (probably not many Ferrari workers).

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