Friday, February 23, 2018

Ex-Sox Anthony Rizzo Reflects On Shooting At His HS

Rizzo At Parkland, FL Vigil
Former Red Sox prospect and now three-time All-Star Anthony Rizzo has had a very difficult week. To learn why, you have to go back eleven years. In the 6th round of the 2007 MLB Draft, the Red Sox selected Rizzo out of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Yes, that school. In the aftermath of the tragic shooting that took seventeen lives at his alma mater, Rizzo has gone back to try to comfort the community. As he stated, "My first instinct was just kind of numb. The more I sat and thought about it, I felt helpless here. That's where I grew up in Parkland. I got in trouble there, I succeeded there, I learned how to be who I am because of Parkland, because of Stoneman Douglas. To be across the country and not be there and to find out some very close people have lost loved ones, to be there to help them and support them was very important to me." Rizzo knew Aaron Feis—the heroic football coach who lost his life saving others. While still young, Rizzo has been through a lot of tough times in his 28 years, but this was one of his toughest.