Anthony Rizzo can handle adversity

CHICAGO -- In the future-value-over-past-performance philosophy of Theo Epstein, Anthony Rizzo would seem to fit the mold perfectly.

At 22, the future is as vast and as promising as it can be for a kid who went 3-for-7 in his first three big-league games, including a 400-foot triple to dead center in his first at-bat. But when the Cubs president of baseball operations acquired Rizzo from the San Diego Padres in a deal that included Cubs right-hander Andrew Cashner last week, he was also putting considerable faith in a young man whose past had already shown Epstein more than he needs to know.

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