When the Cubs won Monday's Game 3 of the NLDS presented by T-Mobile, 2-1, it gave them a 2-1 series lead over the Nationals with a chance to win the series on Tuesday -- Game 4: 5:30 p.m. ET on TBS (moves to 8 p.m. ET if Dodgers win NLDS vs. D-backs Monday). But Rizzo has been here before, so he knows that giving your team a chance to clinch the series at home is a big deal.
That must have been why he was spirited in calling for Jayson Werth's popup with two outs in the ninth inning. After all, you can never be too safe when it comes to these things.
He and Javy Baez shared an appreciation for the significance of a Game 3 win. Baez didn't even wait for the ball to hit Rizzo's glove to get into the spirit of the win:
But after the initial exhilaration of the moment, Rizzo's excitement turned into well-earned confidence. He and the Cubs will be strolling into Game 4 with a chance to clinch at home like:
After making the final out and driving in the winning run of the game, Rizzo has earned his confidence.