WASHINGTON – Anthony Rizzo resorted to a desperate march route.
Following the loss of the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night, the Cubs Slugger in full uniform for the team's night flight moved to Washington, where Chicago plays a makeup game against the Nationals, before returning to the Windy City for a weekend series against the Cincinnati Reds ,
On Thursday morning, shortly after 9, Rizzo posted pictures of the flight on Twitter with the headline: "Keep ready to play".
Keep game ready. pic.twitter.com/84dgPUPm9Y
– Anthony Rizzo (@Arizzo44) September 13, 2018
Five hours later, he left the team bus and entered the Visitor Clubhouse at Nationals Park, still in exactly the same uniform: an alternative blue jersey, gray trousers and studs.
"I just had a lot of fun in the season," said Rizzo, standing in front of his locker. "I mean, in the rain we're in a state of emergency with rain, it's a joke, so why not keep fidgeting and just have fun?"
Chicago was supposed to be out on Thursday, but after a wet weekend washed out on Sunday's game against the Nationals, plans changed.
After Milwaukee won his second series win against Chicago, Kyle Hendricks admitted, "They're definitely coming for us, we can feel it."
Instead of waiting until the end of the season to make up for the game, MLB decided to call the Cubs on Thursday after D.C. to send where the risk of bad weather due to the hurricane Florence lasted for days.
"What can you do?" said Rizzo, who claims that he did not even bring a change of clothes on the trip and slept in his uniform, and he planned to travel to Chicago on Thursday evening in the same outfit he wore on his outbound flight.
"At the end of the day, our front office, our owner, they have our backs, we are in a long series of games, there are people in MLB who have been on the side of the players, they understand the human element of it." and they do not seem to care at all, so that's what it is, we can sit here and complain [it]or we can joke about it [it], I'll make a joke – much more fun. "
Thursday is the 24th day the Cubs had a scheduled game. Next, host Cincinnati for three games, then travel to Arizona for three more, before finally taking a break next Thursday.
In the last 23 days, the NL Central-leading Cubs have set a 13-9 record but are only 6-8 in their last 14 games. In the meantime, the Brewers of Second Place have won 11 of 14, including two out of three against Chicago earlier this week.
After Wednesday's 5-1 loss to Milwaukee, the Cubs flew to Washington and did not arrive at their hotel rooms until 4am CET. Despite the turbulent schedule, Rizzie's antics seemed to lift his fellow boys.
"To see him like that on a plane," teammate Kris Bryant said, "It made everyone overcome the loss a little faster and happier."
Manager Joe Maddon, whose team is known for its creative roadtrip clothing, was disappointed that Rizzo's antics were a surprise.
"I wish he had said something earlier because we could all have done it," Maddon said. "I would have done it the same way."
In his first at-bat against the Nationals on Thursday, Rizzo drew a single one in the left midfield, but was kicked out to make it a double.