Most people don’t like public speaking. In fact, a common trick to calm nerves is to imagine the audience in its underwear – or just naked altogether.
Well, Anthony Rizzo did the opposite during the World Series last year. He gave motivational speeches to his Cubs teammates in the locker room – only he was naked. Literally naked.
Wasn’t that uncomfortable? If not for his teammates, then at least for Rizzo?
“I’m not uncomfortable with anything,” the Cubs first baseman and three-time All-Star said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “The guys, we’re like family in that clubhouse. We all like to have a good time, and it obviously worked out in the best way possible.”
Indeed, whatever Rizzo said, it worked. The Cubs overcame a 3-1 series deficit against the Indians, won Game 7 in Cleveland and gave the North side its first World Series title since 1908.
“It’s been surreal,” Rizzo said. “It’s been a lot of fun. We’ve been celebrating a lot and getting back to spring training has been really nice to get back with all the guys and start honing down on 2017.”
The Cubs went 103-58 last season. It was the best record in the majors, and the Cubs’ best record since 1909.
Now they want to do it again.
“Of course we want to pick up right where we left off,” said Rizzo, who hit .292 with 32 homers and a team-high 109 RBIs last season. “I think it’s going to be a big challenge, but just to get back to baseball again after a pretty short offseason, it’s nice. It’s always nice being around all the guys. We’re all excited. We’re all hungry to do it all over again.”
The Cubs open the regular season in St. Louis on April 2. They have a three-game series with the Cardinals and a three-game with the Brewers before returning to Chicago for their home opener against the Dodgers on April 10.