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Chicago Cubs jerseys ceremony that he wanted to try to speak
November 01, 2017 05:22AM
Rizzo humbled by Clemente Award honor

Anthony Rizzo never forgot how difficult it was for his Chicago Cubs jerseys
parents to deal with the news that their son had cancer, and that sparked the Cubs first baseman's efforts to help other families cope with the horrible disease.

In 2012, he created the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, and on Friday, Rizzo received baseball's top humanitarian honor when he was named the recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award.

"To win this is amazing," Rizzo said. "That's the impact we want to make. A lot of organizations do amazing work, and we want to impact families directly. And this foundation, that's what the staple is.

"It's insane over the last few years how many people have come up to me and said how we've helped someone's friend of a friend of a friend, and it gets back to me. To touch lives like that, it's something you can't explain."

Rizzo, who was among 30 individual club nominees, was named as the winner in a ceremony before Houston's 5-3 victory in Game 3 of the World Series at Minute Maid Park. Presenting him the trophy were Commissioner Rob Manfred and Vera Clemente, the wife of the late Hall of Famer and Puerto Rican humanitarian. In the audience were Rizzo's fiancee, Emily, and both of their families, plus members of the Cubs' front office, including Jed Hoyer, the club's executive vice president and general manager.

The award goes to the player who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.

"When we think about our season-long awards, the Roberto Clemente Javier Baez jersey
Award is really the most prestigious, because it combines recognition for what the player has done on the field with his work in the community," Manfred said. "It is fitting that this award is named for Roberto Clemente, and I would like to thank Vera, who is here with us today, for continuing to work with us in selecting the winner of the award each year, and for all the great work she does in the community continuing the legacy of her great husband."
In 2008, Rizzo was a Minor League player in the Red Sox organization when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. Through treatment, he beat the disease, and he has devoted endless hours to the foundation to help others, hosting a Anthony Rizzo Jersey

walk-a-thon in his hometown of Parkland, Fla., and fund-raising events in Chicago, such as a "Cook-Off for Cancer" and "Laugh-Off for Cancer."

• Rizzo part of star-studded Clemente photo op

Rizzo said during the ceremony that he wanted to try to speak

"without breaking down here." He said he remembered telling his mother back then that he was "fine" and not to worry about him.

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