Anthony Rizzo understands the seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak, but he’s not going to let it change his day-to-day life.
“You can’t live scared, Rizzo told reporters in Arizona on Tuesday. “Just [going to] continue to wash my hands more, take the precautions but [I’m] still gonna live my life.”
Amid fears the virus could spread, MLB, MLS, the NHL and NBA jointly announced Monday a temporary closing of locker rooms to non-players and essential team personnel. MLB plans to start the regular season on time, and there are no talks of playing games without fans — which the NHL and NBA have discussed.
If baseball gets to that point, count Rizzo as one player against the idea.
Anthony Rizzo said he would 'fight' playing in empty stadiums but understands the sensitivity of the situation.— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) March 10, 2020
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Rizzo said he would object to any thought of playing in an empty stadium, stating "we play for the fans."— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) March 10, 2020