Addison Russell may have already stolen the show today with his 2-3, home-run-hitting, gold-glove-flashing performance in his first game back tonight against the Astros … but Anthony Rizzo is still Anthony Rizzo.
And as such, he launched an absolute sky-high, solo blast out to right field in the top of the fifth inning. Very few can match that sort of power.
Check it out:
According to Len Kasper, the Chicago Cubs have now hit 56 home runs this Spring, after leading the Cactus League. That one was Rizzo’s fourth of the Spring and first hit of the night.
But like I said, that home run may not have been the furthest hit ball, but boy did it go up really high. Daren Willman, MLB’s Director of Research and Development (awesome sounding job), has the details:
Anthony Rizzo with an absolute moonshot to RF at MMP… Wow pic.twitter.com/YF0pLs8krz
— Daren Willman (@darenw) March 31, 2017
A 37 degree launch angle is absolutely ridiculous. If I remember correctly, 25 degrees is the launch angle for an average home run. So to get one out that also goes that high requires a heckuva a lot of power.
So, yeah, I’d say Rizzo is ready for the season.