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Anthony Rizzo on teams wearing Stoneman Douglas caps: ‘I think it’s awesome’

The massacre at Stoneman Douglas High School last week in which 17 students and faculty lost their lives hit extremely close to home for Anthony Rizzo. And the Chicago Cubs first baseman is 100 percent in support of Major League Baseball’s efforts to honor the victims.

The MLB announced this week that teams will honor those slain by wearing Stoneman Douglas caps on Friday before spring training games with the option to wear during the game as well.

“It’s a tragedy. It was a tragedy that hit the state of Florida, where we have two teams, but obviously has very specific baseball connections,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said. “Really a very strong sentiment among the clubs that this was the appropriate thing to do immediately.”

Rizzo, who grew up in Parkland, Fla., and attended Stoneman Douglas, praised the gesture, saying, “I think it’s awesome.”

Rizzo left Cubs spring training last week to return to his hometown to lend any support possible. He spoke at a vigil for the victims, something he called “hardest thing I ever had to do.”

“You don’t know what to say. There’s nothing you can say,” Rizzo said of speaking at last week’s vigil, via the Chicago Sun-Times. You’ve just got to be there for people in these times. There’s really nothing you can say and nothing you can do but be there and show them you care for them and you’re there for them.

“My first instinct was just kind of numb. I felt helpless here. That’s where I grew up. I got in trouble there; I succeeded there; I learned to be who I am because of Parkland.”