(CBS) Love or hate the Cubs, you have to respect their first baseman, Anthony Rizzo.

At 24 and a first-time All-Star this year, Rizzo is blossoming into a team leader in addition to being quite the slugger, with a National League-leading 25 homers. He has a soft side too, as was on display Tuesday night.

Prior to Tuesday’s game against the Padres, Rizzo told 22-year-old cancer patient Mike Kasallis that he would hit a home run for him. Turns out, Rizzo hit two — and they came on the day before Kasallis’ birthday.

The story of Kallis and Rizzo was told by Cubs play-by-play man Len Kasper during Wednesday’s broadcast.

Rizzo gave a special gesture at home plate as a sign to Kasallis. Check the homers out below.