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Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo waiting for more ‘data’ on COVID-19 vaccine

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo said he understands the controversy surrounding his decision not to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but explained that he is “taking some more time to see the data in all of it. Buy 44 Rizzo MLB Jerseys, “

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Rizzo, 31, is a cancer survivor who meets regularly with young cancer patients, though that has been on hold during the pandem Discount MLB Jerseys, ic. He said he knows his decision not to get the vaccine has drawn strong reactions from both sides of the debate, adding that he’s “definitely not against getting it.”

Rizzo didn’t get specific with his reasons for not taking the vaccine. He and his teammates have had an ongoing discussion about getting to the 85% threshold. Shortstop Javier Baez is doing PSAs for vaccine awareness.

“We discuss it,” Baez said. “If you want to call it, ‘we argued about it,’ but at the end of the day, we respect each other.

“He just doesn’t believe in it right now, and we respect his decision. … The vaccine was made pretty fast, and a lot of people don’t believe in it. I got vaccinated because I have kids and want to protect them.”

Rizzo didn’t seem to be against the vaccine, per se. In fact, he was thrilled to see Wrigley Field at 100% capacity for one of his most memorable at-bats. With the Cubs trailing 5-4 in the bottom of the 6th inning, Rizzo saw 13 pitches from reliever Daniel Ponce de Leon before taking the 14th one out to right field to tie the game.

“Towards the fifth, sixth, seventh pitch, everyone started getting into it more,” Rizzo recalled. “It almost, in a way, helped me calm down and relax. I kept saying to myself, ‘Stay locked in, stay locked in.’

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