Perhaps it was a form of silent protest over the Cubs jam-packed 30-day schedule. Perhaps it was a new means of packing light. Whatever the reason, when Anthony Rizzo boarded the Cubs plane last night, he was donning his Cubs away uniform, complete with eye-black.
Upon arriving at Nationals Park in Washington on Thursday, Rizzo was still sporting the same outfit as his teammates showed up in casual street clothes, toting their bags.
Anthony Rizzo flew on the team charter to DC last night in full uniform. He also showed up to Nats Park today...in full uniform. pic.twitter.com/v7OTLw8hbb— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) September 13, 2018
So many questions, primarily: did he sleep like that? Well, he must have, because according to Rizzo he didn’t bring any additional clothing on the trip. At all. “That’s all I got,” he told reporters. Kris Bryant said that Rizzo did not bring any other pants, just his uniform.
Manager Joe Maddon bemoaned the decision:
Maddon on Rizzo wearing his uniform on the plane: “I wish he’d have given us a heads up, because more of us would have done it. I’d have done it.”— Cody Keenan (@codykeenan) September 13, 2018
Considering Rizzo will likely need to sport the uniform on his flight home, the Cubs will still have a chance to join in.