Twitter Goes Crazy Sunday Night When Anthony Rizzo Leaves Game

Mesa, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo singles against the Texas Rangers at HoHoKam Park. Credit: Rick Scuteri-US PRESSWIRE

UPDATE, 9:15 p.m. CDT: All of this was fun, but none of it was true. Here is what actually happened.

After the jump, here's the rest of the story as I originally posted it at 8:32 p.m. CDT (took only about 40 minutes of rapid-fire tweets to get the whole story):

We're dealing strictly in rumors here, but this happened with Anthony Rizzo in the Iowa Cubs/Memphis Redbirds game in Memphis Sunday night:

Now why would you take your best hitter out of a fairly close game in the sixth inning? That, obviously, led to some Twitter speculation, because that was followed by this:

Which means people were assuming this meant a Rizzo callup. So then this happened:

Hmmm. Packing, maybe, for a trip to Chicago? There are, of course, denials:

Given the fact that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer usually play things very close to the vest, I'm guessing that an "excellent source" in Des Moines wouldn't necessarily know whether Rizzo was being called up or not, given the earlier Iowa Cubs tweet that info comes out of Chicago.

Many have called for Rizzo to be recalled now. Yes, I am aware this could cost the Cubs a year of free-agent control -- six years from now. While that does have meaning, so does a 12-game losing streak with the club in free-fall and interest likely to be waning.

Why not call up Rizzo -- especially since the opponent the next three days is his former team, the San Diego Padres, and the first two starting pitchers he'd face would be Jeff Suppan and Eric Stults?

If this complete speculation turns out to be true, I say go for it. At least it'll create a little buzz around this moribund team.

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