Anthony Rizzo might play for the Chicago Cubs, but his ties to Florida run deeper than baseball.

The 28-year-old graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2007 and delivered a speech back in February during a prayer vigil to pay respect to the 17 students who were killed in the tragic Parkland school shooting.

And in the second inning of the Cubs’ Opening Day game against the Miami Marlins on Thursday, Rizzo belted a home run to right field while wearing a patch reading “MSD” (in honor of the victims).

Before the game, Rizzo told reporters that Opening Day always is emotional. But this surely added to the emotion Thursday in Miami.

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