He was acquired by the Padres along with Casey Kelly and 2 other players in the trade that sent Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox. He plays 1B and is destined to become the starting 1B for the Padres in the near future. Hopefully. He once hit a triple on a popup to shortstop, prompting field39 to remark that "When Anthony Rizzo swings, Chuck Norris flinches." His penis is so large that it has fiveskin.
His lore has increased to the point where he is reaching Chase Headley-like "Savior" status. He is tearing apart AAA, while the major league team is struggling and the numbers for 1B on the big league club are awful. You could refer to him as "The Second Coming", but watch out for that fiveskin.
On June 11th, 2011, he hit the first home run of his career. The home run ball itself was mired in controversy. Since one man was said to have climbed over a small wall to grab it, the ushers took the ball from him to give to Rizzo. Yet shortly after the ball was taken, it made it into the hands of a young woman who was then given camera time, pictures, and the opportunity to give Rizzo the ball in exchange for an autographed bat while the original person got nothing but the ability to see the rest of the game and not get kicked out for grabbing the ball originally.Here's a except from the Gaslamp Ball summary of a twitter Q&A he did:
He works hard to be even keeled. When it comes to Mac or PC, he chooses Mac. He eats burritos everyday in the Padres clubhouse. He believes the Padres will be in contention for the NL West next year. His goal is to win next season. He likes all types of music. His favorite baseball player is Babe Ruth. Given the choice between waffles and pancakes he'll take chocolate chip pancakes. He's rooting for Texas to win the World Series because of his former teammate Mike Adams. His favorite band is the Red Hot Chili Peppers. His favorite TV show is Dexter or Doug or any show named after a guy who's name starts with D. His advice to young ball players is to always hustle. He always wanted to play in the old Yankee stadium because of the history. He started playing baseball at birth or shortly there after. He kills time on the road by sleeping. He realized he wanted to be a professional athlete in grammar school. The last book he read was Assholes Finish First by Tucker Max, he thinks it's pretty funny. His favorite teammate is William Venable. He's single and uses emoticons to flirt. He loves playing San Diego because of the weather. The Hangover is his favorite movie for sure. He thinks Justin Beiber has real talent. He chooses ketchup. He's a Miami Dolphins fan. He enjoyed playing in Minnesota this year. His favorite position is Center Field.
Traded to the Cubs to be reunited with ex-Padres GM Jed Hoyer in January 2012. The writing was on the wall for his exit when the Padres acquired Yonder Alonso as part the package in the Mat Latos trade with Cincinnati. He was dealt with pitching prospect Zach Cates for P Andrew Cashner and minor league OF Kyung-Min Na. The trade was rated 43% fresh.