Anthony Rizzo leaves camp to head home to Parkland community


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Mark J. Rebilas - USA Today Sports
Mark J. Rebilas - USA Today Sports

The tragic school shooting that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. on Wednesday afternoon rocked the nation with the terrible death toll at 17 at last count.

This school is very beloved and dear to Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo as it is his alma mater and a place that he donated $150,000 in November to help improve the lights at their baseball fields.

Rizzo has left Cubs camp on Thursday to fly home to be with his family and friends of the community at Parkland. According to ESPN's Jesse Rogers, a relative of his longtime agent was killed in the shooting. Rizzo also knew other victims including his former assistant football coach Aaron Feis who is being called a hero for giving his life to protect some of the students. Rizzo is expected to speak to the crowd at tonight's vigil in honor of the victims.

During the offseason, Rizzo sometimes would have batting practice to stay sharp at the high school.

The Cubs star also has an annual Walk-Off for Cancer at Pine Trails Park which is very close to the school which most of the community attends alongside Rizzo. Rizzo being back will hopefully bring a few smiles on people's faces in a time when they desperately need them. Some things are more important than the game of baseball.

Rizzo posted a message of support via Twitter on Wednesday to his community back in Florida.

"Parkland and Coral Springs please stay strong! This is out of control, and our country is in desperate need for change," Rizzo said. "I hope In this darkest of times back home this brings everyone together and we can find love. You’re all in my prayers."




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