Anthony Rizzo on MLB teams wearing Stoneman Douglas caps: ‘Much appreciated’
Anthony Rizzo says it’s “much appreciated” how all 30 MLB teams will don Stoneman Douglas baseball caps ahead of and potentially during exhibition games Friday.
#ParklandStrong: All 30 teams to don Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS caps before games this weekend with option to wear in-game. pic.twitter.com/FLNqcFalBx
— MLB (@MLB) February 21, 2018
The massacre last week in which 17 students and staff lost their lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School hit close to home for Rizzo. The Chicago Cubs first baseman is a native of and still lives in Parkland, Fla., and attended the school.
Rizzo has been understandably vocal and emotional in the wake of the tragedy. And the fact that the Major League Baseball community is rallying around his hometown means a lot to him.
“It’s unfortunate that the city is getting so much recognition fo this, but you see golfers with ribbons and everyone honoring what’s going on right now,” Rizzo said Friday morning, via the Chicago Tribune. “These kids and the whole city is rallying … to try to make … changes. It’s nice to see.
“… Everyone has come out of the woodwork to show their love and support for the community I live in, the school and the kids,”Rizzo said. “It’s been very nice to see people come out and approach me and go out of their way to say something. It’s much appreciated.”
The Cubs tweeted out a photo Friday morning showing players wearing the Stoneman Douglas caps.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) February 23, 2018
Rizzo in particular sought to praise the students and young people who have used the massacre as motivation to inspire change.
“It’s our future,” Rizzo said. “Our youth and this is what our country is going to run on for years to come. It’s people who have a voice and they’re using it all over.
“When people come together, it’s amazing the power they have.”