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Rizzo named Cubs Nominee for Clemente Award

Cubs vs Rangers

(Photo by Stephen Green)

Major League Baseball and Chevrolet today announced Anthony Rizzo has been named the Chicago Cubs’ 2013 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award. MLB will honor Clemente’s legacy on Tuesday, September 17, with the 12th annual Roberto Clemente Day. Rizzo is one of the 30 club finalists for the annual award, which recognizes a player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.

“In his two seasons with the team, Anthony has made a tremendous, selfless impact in the community and with his teammates,” said Cubs General Manager Jed Hoyer. “We urge all baseball fans to recognize him as the 2013 national Roberto Clemente Award recipient.”

Beginning Tuesday, fans are encouraged to help select the national award recipient by visiting ChevyBaseball.com to vote for one of the 30 nominees. Voting ends Sunday, Oct. 6, and participating fans will be automatically registered for a chance to win a trip to the 2013 World Series, where the national winner of the Roberto Clemente Award will be announced.

Last year, during his first season with the Cubs, Rizzo started the nonprofit Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation to raise money for cancer research and provide support to children and families battling the disease. As a cancer survivor, Rizzo understands the impact cancer has on the entire family. Through fundraising for research and providing support for pediatric cancer patients and their families, the foundation aims to give every family a fighting chance against the disease.

Since its inception, the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation has hosted two successful inaugural events. The Walk-Off For Cancer was held in Rizzo’s Florida hometown in December 2012, and the Cook-Off For Cancer took place in Chicago with the support of teammates and the front office in August 2013. Together, these events have raised more than $250,000 for cancer research.

In addition to these fundraising efforts, Rizzo makes monthly visits to Lurie Children’s Hospital, where he spends much of his time talking with the patients and their families, signing autographs, taking photos and handing out Cubs goodies. Rizzo will be recognized for his nomination before the team’s Sept. 23 home game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and his foundation will be presented a $7,500 grant.

Vote Ryan Dempster for the 2011 Roberto Clemente Award

Ryan Dempster holds his daughter, Riley, at the 2011 Dempster Family Casino Night. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Since the Dempster Family Foundation was launched last year, we at Vine Line have been amazed by the effort and hard work that Ryan and his wife, Jenny, have put into the cause. Both have followed through on their goal to raise $2 million in two years to help strike out DiGeorge syndrome, and Cubs fans across the nation have responded with incredible support.

You can show your support of the Dempsters’ hard work, too, by voting Ryan for the 2011 Roberto Clemente Award and checking out some of the great events coming up this offseason at the foundation’s website.

In need of a W

The clubhouse was packed this afternoon with media covering a range of topics: from the impact of Hurricane Gustav on the Louisiana-based families of Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot to the need to get back on track from a three-game losing streak.

Theriot said his family wasn’t hurt, despite severe damage to their house. Best wishes to all those who were displaced or hurt in the Southeast.

Tonight’s lineup

Soriano, LF
Fontenot, 2B
Lee, 1B
Ramirez, 3B
DeRosa, RF
Edmonds, CF
Soto, C
Theriot, SS
Zambrano, RHP

Right-hander Brandon Backe (9-12, 5.42) pitches for the Astros.

Cubs caring

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Funny story from today’s school and hospital visits: WGN-Radio’s Cory Provus was asked if anyone went crazy over him by assistant director of media relations Jason Carr. Cory replied that one gentleman at Northwestern Memorial Hospital went down the line, shaking hands and greeting by name Rich Harden, Jon Lieber, Daryle Ward and Larry Rothschild. When he got to Cory, he simply looked at him and said, “Hello, Broadcaster.”

I’m pretty sure that’s not much worse than when I called Pat Hughes “Phil” this spring. You can tune in to AM 720 for more from Phil and Broadcaster tonight.

The morning went great by all accounts. Mike Quade stood out for his enthusiasm and connection to the kids at Children’s Memorial Hospital. Quade offered a lot of support and nudged them to be Cubs fans. Ringing the school bell at 7:55 a.m., Demp gave a great speech to the kids at Blaine Elementary School (Lakeview), stressing that they take school seriously and work hard.

Big thanks to all the guys for their time and support this morning.

More than a pitcher

Demp also was named the team’s Roberto Clemente Award recipient, combining “outstanding skills on the baseball field with devoted work in the community.”

One of the Cubs’ greatest personalities, Demp and his wife, Jenny, regularly invite groups to games and participate in charitable efforts. Just this year, Dempster has purchased 500 tickets for disadvantaged children and met them during batting practice. This Mother’s Day, he invited children with moms who were serving in the military as well as those women who have returned from service in the Middle East.

His sponsorship of a Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities (RBI) team and participation in various Cubs Care programs have benefited several hundred more children and victims of domestic violence.

Dempster elected to donate his $7,500 grant to Chicago Canine Rescue.

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