Anthony Rizzo’s home run an ‘out-of-body experience’ on emotional Opening Day


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MIAMI – Given the events of the last six weeks, Anthony Rizzo’s homecoming was going to be emotional regardless. Then he received a standing ovation in a road ballpark. And to top it all, he hit a home run in a season opener played 45 miles south of where his community still mourns an indescribable tragedy.

No wonder the Chicago Cubs first baseman experienced such an overwhelming sensation after going deep in the second inning of his club’s 8-4 victory Thursday over the Miami Marlins.

“I’ve hit a lot of home runs. That was probably the most out-of-body experience I’ve had hitting a home run in my life,’’ said Rizzo, a graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Fla.


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