Cubs star Anthony Rizzo sends support to former high school

Cubs star Anthony Rizzo sends support to former high school

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

This is what Rizzo tweeted Wednesday afternoon.

"Parkland and Coral Springs please stay strong!"

Rizzo was baseball's Roberto Clemente Award victor in 2017, which is given for a player's community involvement and contributions off the field.

Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, who is from outside Miami, recalled Rizzo hitting at his old high school a couple of times last season, noting, "I'm sure he still has a lot of connections there". "They told me Douglas, and I go, 'Oh my God, that's where Rizz went"'. Rizzo takes batting practice at the school in the offseason and is friends with many members of the school's faculty and coaching staff, including football coach Aaron Feis, who was killed while shielding students from the shooter. "Obviously we're all here for Anthony and for that school and all those families".

The Cubs said Thursday morning that Rizzo has departed spring training in Arizona to head back home and be with his community.

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