Chicago Cubs: Safety remains top of mind for players across the sport

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Chicago Cubs: As cancer survivors, these guys understand what’s at stake

There are some who question the seriousness of COVID-19, its lasting impact on society, as a whole, and the gravity of decisions like disregarding social distancing guidelines. But there are also those who know all too well what’s at stake – including Anthony Rizzo and Jon Lester.

Both are cancer survivors and anyone battling the disease right now and undergoing chemotherapy are at exceptionally high risk of contracting COVID-19. They both continue to do a ton in the community, especially Rizzo, whose personal foundation continues to supply meals to first responders and medical professionals.

It’s hardly a surprise to see Rizzo and his foundation out fighting the good fight during all this. For years, Cubs fans have clamored to see him become the team’s next captain – and not just for what he’s done on the field which, alone, would justify such a decision.

A perennial 30/100 threat with the ability to get on base at a .400 clip and work counts unlike anyone else on the roster, Rizzo is everything you want in a star player and face of the franchise. He, like several other guys on the roster, could potentially be approaching the end of his time with the Cubs.

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For now, these guys are focused on safety – for the fans, teammates, themselves and their families. But when baseball returns, you can count on them to have their eyes on the prize: bringing another World Series championship to the Windy City in 2020.