Anthony Rizzo
& Eddie Vedder

Ed and Anthony reminisce on the Cubs' historic run-up to winning the 2016 World Series, Anthony reenacts catching the final out of their epic Game 7 victory, and Ed reveals the incredible story of how Cubs' Hall of Famer Ernie Banks came into possession of Ed's childhood glove.

Meet the Artist & the Athlete

Eddie Vedder
THE ARTIST

Eddie Vedder

Eddie Vedder has served as Pearl Jam’s frontman since 1990. His debut solo release was the 2007 soundtrack album for the film Into the Wild for which Vedder won a Golden Globe for the song “Guaranteed.” In 2012, Vedder’s sophomore solo album, Ukulele Songs, received a Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album. Vedder was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Pearl Jam in 2017.

Eddie is a co-founder of the EB Research Partnership, the largest global organization dedicated to funding research to treat and cure Epidermolysis Bullosa.

Anthony Rizzo
THE ATHLETE

Anthony Rizzo

Anthony Rizzo is the All-Star first baseman for the Chicago Cubs. At the young age of 31, he is already one of the most decorated players in Cubs’ history, both on and off the field. In 2016, he led the Cubs to their 1st World Series Championship in 108 years. Rizzo was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the sixth round of the 2007 MLB draft and became a top minor league prospect in the Red Sox organization. He was traded to the San Diego Padres after the 2010 season along with three other prospects in exchange for All-Star first baseman Adrián González. He made his MLB debut in 2011 with the San Diego Padres. After being traded to the Cubs in 2012, he developed into an All-Star player, appearing in the All-Star Game three times, winning the Silver Slugger Award, winning 4 Gold Glove Awards, a Platinum Glove Award and the Roberto Clemente Award in 2017.

The Roberto Clemente Award is given annually 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. Through his philanthropic ventures, Rizzo has also won the Heart and Hustle Award and the Branch Rickey Award. He is considered by many to be one of the most respected players in Major League Baseball, both on and off the field.

In 2008, Anthony’s first year in professional baseball, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. He went through chemotherapy for six months. His grandmother was battling breast cancer at the same time. On September 2, 2008, Rizzo's doctor told him he was in remission, though he still had six weeks left of treatment and some follow-up testing. On November 18, Rizzo's doctor told him he"could live a normal life."

In 2012, after joining the Cubs, the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation was founded. The Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, whose mission is to raise money for cancer research and support families with children battling cancer. The Foundationis run entirely by Rizzo's family, his close friends, and his management team. Rizzo and his wife Emily, provide oversight and leadership. In August 2017, the Foundation announced a $3.5 million endowment to the Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago, bringing its total donations to the hospital to more than $4 million. In 2019, another endowment was announced in the amount of $1.0 million benefitting Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. The Foundation now raises over $3 million dollars a year.  

Anthony grew up in Florida and attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. On February 15, 2018 Rizzo delivered an emotional speech at the vigil for the school shooting victims in Parkland,Florida. Rizzo is a graduate of the school and a longtime Parkland resident. "I grew up at Stoneman Douglas [High School]," an emotional Rizzo said.

Anthony Rizzo and his wife Emily married in 2018 and still live in South Florida during the baseball offseason.