Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs

Even though we don’t have the greatest baseball teams, doctor we are tried and true dedicated Chicago fans—and that was noted by our “Windy City Sweep” in selecting the NL and AL winners, buy cialis the “Fan Vote” that would send White Sox’s Chris Sale and CubsAnthony Rizzo to join the best of the best at the 2014 All-Star Game in Minneapolis on Tuesday.  Rizzo’s stellar performance throughout this season (and All-Star cred) is one to be noted, which is why we’ve named him our HAM of the Week.

I made my first trip of the summer to the friendly confines for a beautiful Sunday Funday, and I was ecstatic to see our HAM of the Week in action. Win or lose, the 24-year-old first baseman is definitely one of the stars of the team, and it’s easy to see why he’s such a fan favorite.

Anthony Rizzo, http://www.bleacherreport.com

Anthony Rizzo, http://www.bleacherreport.co

Rizzo was first drafted by the Boston Red Sox at 17 following his senior year of high school in the 2007 MLB Draft. Theo Epstein was the-then manager of the team, but when Epstein was called in 2011 to be the Cubs’ current GM, he brought Rizzo in with him.

We first profiled Rizzo two years ago when he was first called up by the organization. Unlike a lot of Cubs prospects, he shined in his rookie season and is one of the club’s most celebrated prospects. During that season, he had three game-winning RBIs in his first five games, the first player in the team’s history. He hit 7 homers alone in July, and was named the NL Rookie of the Month.

So far this season, he’s had 20 home runs and 49 RBIs over 92 games with an average of .277 and is climbing the ranks among the top first basemen in the National League.

He’s the face of an All-American boy: Born in New Jersey and raised in Florida, he seems to have the “boy next door” charm and humble personality. He’s 100% Italian, though, but I’m sure he can make a mean spaghetti with marinara:

Besides his impressive accomplishments, Rizzo is also a cancer survivor. Diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma not even a full year into the minor leagues in May 2008, he was successfully treated with chemotherapy. Rizzo is a big advocate and his charity, the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, hosts annual “Cook-off For Cancer” and “Walk Off For Cancer” events.

What else is there to know about the smiley baseball stud?

Anthony RIzzo, http://www.huffingtonpost.com

Anthony Rizzo, http://www.huffingtonpost.com

According to the ladies of “A Drink With”, he would be willing to trade places with Bears’ linebacker Brandon Marshall for a day, and we think he’s got the skills to mesh with Cutty and the crew.

He’s also revealed he is very much single, and is willing to call girls to ask them out. You heard it first—chivalry isn’t dead!

We already know this year probably isn’t “the year” for the Cubbies (shocking), but maybe Theo and Rick should start bringing up more prospects and giving them a chance to hone their skills in the majors for more than a few days—former HAM of the Week Mike Olt is climbing up the ranks and showing signs of the “Rizzo” effect—who is going to be next?

Catch this hottie with teammate Starlin Castro on Tuesday during the All-Star Game at 7 PM on FOX, and on Friday and Saturday versus the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Follow Anthony Rizzo on Twitter at @ARizzo44.

About the author: Hannah Gettleman is a native of the Northern Chicago suburbs. She received her Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012 and attended every home Illini football game. Her love of Chicago sports comes from her dad, who has been in the same Fantasy Football league since she was six years old, and her mom, who plays in a 5-0 football pool. She’s also won the family March Madness pool four times in a row. An avid Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks and Cubs fan, she’s excited to share her love of sports and cute guys as the newest HAM Hunter. When she’s not glued to the television on Sundays, Hannah follows the latest in entertainment and red carpet fashion, and makes delicious Betty Crocker brownies. You can follow her at @hgettle12.

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