MESA, Ariz. -- Thanks to Team Italy's opening game victory over Mexico on Thursday night in the World Baseball Classic, Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo's charitable foundation is at least $500 richer.
Manager Dale Sveum and "others" within the Cubs pledged the money to the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation if Italy won at least one game. They beat Mexico 6-5 thanks in part to a two-run double by Rizzo in the ninth inning.
"We all said if they won a game we'd give him $500 for his charity," Sveum said Friday afternoon. "Just people that volunteered."
Sveum couldn't remember everyone that was in the room at the time of the commitment but was more concerned with owing more.
"We have it on video," he said. "I didn't write it down. Had to go back to the video and make sure we didn't say $500 for every win."
Italy isn't expected to go far in the WBC but already surprised with their opening win. Sveum said he doesn't regret letting Rizzo play considering he's still getting at-bats. They played Canada on Friday and take on the USA on Saturday.
Rizzo is the only player on the Cubs major league roster participating in the tournament.