Cubs manager Joe Maddon on Wednesday evening sent a text of support to first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who’s traveling from spring training in Arizona back to his hometown of Parkland, Florida, the site of a tragedy. Seventeen people were killed Wednesday during a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, where Rizzo grew up and went to school. Like so many others around the world, Maddon and the Cubs were left saddened by such a horrific event and only able to express their support. The 28-year-old Rizzo knows the families of some shooting victims and wanted to lend his support. Rizzo had arrived several days early to the Cubs’ spring training site in Mesa, Arizona. Maddon told Rizzo to take as much time as he needs. “It’s one of those things, these moments in our culture, it’s got to stop,” Maddon said Thursday. “Nobody has the answers, but we have to figure it out somehow. I told him to get back to us if there’s anything we can do to help — I don’t even know what that means. But definitely wanted to go back there and be involved, as he should. “The entire nation is feeling the brunt of all this. All of us when we heard about it, you feel awful. That hollow feeling. You just imagine your own kids or your family or anybody that you possibly know being involved with that. It’s getting way too familiar. We just have to do something. I don’t have the answers, but we have to come together as a group somehow to formulate some opinions or method or plan to put this to an end, because it’s a horrible thing for any of us to have to experience.” Maddon was at a loss for words in expressing his sadness, conveying a message of support on behalf of himself and the Cubs as Rizzo returned home.
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