“It was about a month and a half,” Rizzo said when asked about how long he had taken to prepare for his impromptu concert. “They put me on the spot, but that’s what this camp was all about.”
Rizzo played “Hello” and “Someone Like You” for his teammates, and then used the tune “Drops of Jupiter” for his finale. His teammates sang along for brief periods, and although it’s hard to hear in the video, Rizzo himself did join in on the vocals.
“I love the fact that we put him in an uncomfortable and unannounced position, and he came through,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of Rizzo’s performance. “That’s the kind of stuff I really appreciate and respect.”
Rizzo was asked after the Cubs’ game on Tuesday whether he was more nervous for his first career at-bat or for his piano recital, and while he did admit hat playing ball was more difficult, he did concede that his concert was tough too.
“My first at-bat in the majors was probably worse,” he said. “But that wasn’t easy there, being my first live gig.”
The DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s office said Tuesday it has dropped its case against Chicago Blackhawks prospect Garret Ross, who was facing felony charges on accusations of violating Illinois’ ban on so-called “revenge porn.”
The state’s attorney’s office said cell phone records indicated Ross was in Michigan at the time the alleged incident took place, meaning they no longer had jurisdiction to charge him.
Unfortunately for the Blackhawks, their work will not be done even if they are able to clinch the spot on Sunday. They still only lead the Nashville Predators by two points in the standings for the third seed in the Central Division, and that will be critical as they approach the postseason.