The game was tight enough and tense that I missed it the first time he went out, but by Yu Darvish’s second batsman I could hear it clearly: the former Cubs ace had swiped Anthony Rizzo’s instantly recognizable walk-up music to his stroll to the plate.
Pretty cool. You can catch the song and Darvish’s antics in the San Diego broadcast of his first AB:
you call for rizz and then go up with rizzo’s walk-up song with a big smile🥺 pic.twitter.com/jQuYjtJRso
– navoo (@kboomszn) June 9, 2021
You can see that Darvish was trying to get Rizzo’s attention and also signal to anyone who would look at him that it would be worth listening to his music this time.
Anthony Rizzo raises his arms in disbelief while Yu Darvish uses his walk-up music.
̵1; Patrick Mooney (@PJ_Mooney) June 9, 2021
It turns out that Darvish did not really enchant Rizzo with the move, but he does honor him:
Yu Darvish stole Anthony Rizzo’s walk-up music when he came to bat in his first start against the Cubs today. It was his way of honoring him.
“It was Rizzo who kind of took care of me when things didn’t really work out in Chicago.” Https://t.co/W8oBlEWjBL
– Alden González (@Alden_Gonzalez) June 10, 2021
“I used that song because it was Rizzo who kind of took care of me when things weren’t really working out in Chicago,” Darvish said. ESPN. It was a way of saying “thank you” to him. And of course I have a good relationship with him. ”
Nicely done, Yu. Enjoyed by all, and fun too.