MIAMI — Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo says the opening series of the season at Miami will be emotional for him as both teams honor victims of last month’s mass shooting at his former high school in Parkland, Florida.
The Cubs and Marlins are wearing patches with the initials “MSD” and 17 stars to honor the number of lives lost in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. A large replica of the patch will be on the outfield wall at Marlins Park all season.
Along with the patches, the Cubs also wore Marjory Stoneman Douglas shirts Thursday during practice.
Rizzo plans to host four families of victims of the shooting at Friday’s game.
Speaking before the opener, Rizzo praised as “amazing” the activism by students at the school in the wake of the tragedy. He says the students are holding politicians accountable, and the entire nation is rallying behind them. When asked about accusations the students are actually actors, Rizzo said those making such allegations are “losers.”
Rizzo says he attended a Stoneman Douglas baseball game Tuesday night and was motivated by their 15-0 victory.