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Anthony's Song: Rizzo taking piano lessons

Cubs first baseman wants to play music with teammates
MLB.com @CarrieMuskat

MESA, Ariz. -- Anthony Rizzo could be the Cubs' new piano man.

The All-Star first baseman is taking piano lessons this spring, hoping he can someday join his musically inclined teammates to play together. He's always enjoyed listening to piano music and is hoping he's inherited some skills from his father, John.

MESA, Ariz. -- Anthony Rizzo could be the Cubs' new piano man.

The All-Star first baseman is taking piano lessons this spring, hoping he can someday join his musically inclined teammates to play together. He's always enjoyed listening to piano music and is hoping he's inherited some skills from his father, John.

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"My dad is very musically inclined," Rizzo said. "He can pick up pretty much any instrument and start playing it along with a song. He has what musicians say is perfect pitch.

"I was going to try the guitar, but I really enjoy the piano."

So, the younger Rizzo found a website in which you complete a survey about what instrument you want to play, how many times a week you're willing to take a lesson, and the location. It matches prospective students with the right music teacher.

"This one works out perfect because she's right around the corner," Rizzo said of his teacher. "She's amazing so far. She motivates me."

He's been going four times a week, and when he's done with his lesson, Rizzo goes home to practice.

"I've got a long way to go," said Rizzo, who declined having his musical skills video taped at this point. "I do catch myself zoning out and really enjoying it."

The lessons so far have focused on learning to read music, chords, and rhythm.

The Cubs have a few guitar players and assistant hitting coach Eric Hinske plays the drums.

"Hopefully I can step up with my piano skills, maybe some vocals, and we can put this thing together," Rizzo said. "It's very frustrating because you look at people who are so skilled, and I'm like, 'Wow, I'll never get there.' I just have to keep practicing and keep playing to get better."

It's just like learning how to play baseball.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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