(CBS) There are players who embrace All-Star voting and there are those who don’t much care.
Count Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo among those in the former category.
As one of five National League players among the final vote candidates, Rizzo is stumping for a trip to the All-Star Game that’s set for next Tuesday in Minneapolis. On Tuesday, that meant taking to the airwaves with Matt Spiegel and Peggy Kusinski on 670 The Score, and when asked if he’d kiss babies to woo his way into the voting fans’ hearts, Rizzo took it one step further.
“I’d do a lot more than kiss babies,” Rizzo said with a laugh. “I’d change diapers, I’d babysit. I’d do it all, whatever you need me. I’d run a daycare.
“If everyone just hashtags VoteRizzo, we’ll run a daycare in the clubhouse.
“Hopefully everyone votes and gets me in — it’d be a great honor.”
Rizzo is hitting .276 with 17 homers and 45 RBIs and an .871 OPS this season. His stats stack up with or are better than those of the other four final vote candidates in the NL — Miami’s Casey McGehee, Colorado’s Justin Morneau, Washington’s Anthony Rendon and Atlanta’s Justin Upton.
You can listen to Rizzo’s entire interview below. He talks about how he dreamed of making the All-Star Game as a youngster, his progression this season and his penchant for bunting when a team gives him the left side of the infield.