Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo on Harry Potter, T-ball and valet parking | MLB
Sporting News writer Ryan Fagan is traveling through Florida and Arizona this spring, stopping at camps and talking with players around the big leagues. One of his side projects is a quick-hitter Q/A we’re calling “Two Minutes With …”
Today’s a special edition, a conversation with Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who’s doing phone interviews on behalf of BODYARMOR sports drink (his favorite flavor is Coconut LYTE, btw).
What’s your first baseball memory?
RIZZO: Playing T-ball, going to the game in my communion outfit. I was probably like 8. Maybe it was coach-pitch, I don’t remember. I just threw the jersey over the outfit.
What’s the last show you binge-watched?
RIZZO: Harry Potter, the movies. “The Goblet of Fire,” I think, is my favorite.
Do you have any superstitions?
RIZZO: Not really, to be honest.
What’s your favorite free-time activity?
RIZZO: Something on the water. Boating. I like to be behind the wheel, to relax.
What’s one talent you’d like to have?
RIZZO: To fly.
What was your first job?
RIZZO: Valet parking. Down in Florida, at a Bonefish Grill.
If you were MLB commissioner for a day, what’s one thing you would do?
RIZZO: For the day? No idea. I have no idea. Probably sit back and kick my feet up on the desk.
What are a few of your favorite Instagram follows?
RIZZO: Ooh … all my friends, to be honest.
What’s the best purchase you’ve ever made?
RIZZO: My engagement ring (laughs).
If you could only have one, would you eat a deep-dish pizza or a Chicago-style hot dog?
RIZZO: Chicago-style hot dog. They know how to make them good. The pizza’s good too, though.
What’s your most useless talent?
RIZZO: Probably ping-pong
Who’s the best player on the team?
RIZZO: Kris Bryant
You’re part of a a big-time BodyArmor roster, with Mookie Betts, Mike Trout and James Harden. How long have you been a part of that company?
RIZZO: About four years. There are definitely some heavy hitters, and that’s what has been so amazing about this partnership. When they were starting out, they wanted to target the young, up-and-coming players, and the guys around sports who are part of Body Armor are pretty special; to be part of that group and linked to that group (is special). It’s been amazing to see, from where we started out to where it is four years later, in that short time going into stores, into gas stations, having friends text me all the time, seeing random people drinking it, it’s exploded and it’s pretty amazing to be part of it.