By: Matt Rothman
Baseball is officially back, and not only Anthony Rizo making his season debut with the New York Yankees, former star Marjory Stoneman Douglas had his first batting game of the year.
On Friday, Rizzo hit Nathan Eovaldi to cut the Red Sox lead to 3-2 before the Yankees won 6-5 in extra innings. While skirting the bases, Rizzo pointed to the right field bleachers to acknowledge the game fans supporting the Anthony Rizzo Foundation.
This year, with the help of the New York Yankees, the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation is offering fans discounted tickets and a portion of each ticket purchased returns to support the foundation.
Fans can enter the Rizzo Home Race Challenge.
Rizzo signed a two-year contract worth $32 million with an opt-out after the first year. A 2007 graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Rizzo was drafted by the Boston Red Sox the same year. In 2010, he was traded to the San Diego Padres as part of a deal with All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.
The powerful left-handed hitter hit his 250th career home run in his first season with the Yankees and played a major role in the Chicago Cubs breaking their 108 World Series drought in 2016.
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Matt Rothman graduated in 2018 from Florida Gulf Coast University and received his bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is now attending the University of Florida as a graduate student.