Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo: Face of team now face vaccine shortfall

The Cubs’ vaccination shortcomings just got personal.

If not for thousands of Cubs fans, then certainly for fan-favorite Anthony Rizzo — who on Friday became the highest-profile player in Major League Baseball to acknowledge publicly that he has chosen not to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

“It’s not an easy decision to make, but I think it’s the right decision for me and my family right now,” said Rizzo, who mentioned “taking some more time to see the data” on vaccines that were FDA approved for emergency use after shorter-than-usual trials.

Rizzo, who said he tried to keep his choice private until being asked about it Friday morning on ESPN 1000’s “Kap & J.Hood” show, said his role as a team leader and so-called face of the franchise the last several years made the decision especially tough.

“Big time. Big time,” he said. “I love my teammates. I love this franchise, and I do everything I can to win here. But with this stuff, this is bigger than baseball. This is a life decision. This isn’t a career decision right now.”

To a man, teammates and management have said they respect others’ vaccination decisions.

“It doesn’t change my outlook on Rizz,” said Cubs manager David Ross, who’s also a former teammate of Rizzo and several other players on the roster. “I still respect Rizz a whole lot and his decisions. He’s one of my best friends. He’s one of the biggest…

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