On the day Major League Baseball's 2020 season was supposed to begin -- before the coronavirus pandemic put sports on hold -- many of the game's biggest stars took to social media to share their thoughts and feelings.
Here are a few of the more notable posts:
Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who has provided nearly 700 meals to doctors and nurses in Chicago and Florida on the front lines confronting the coronavirus, asked for donations to The Rizzo Foundation in continuing to support the relief effort.
Definitely not the #OpeningDay I had imagined but let's all stick together (while practicing social distancing) and help one another. #OneTeam— Anthony Rizzo (@ARizzo44) March 26, 2020
Text Hope44 to 52000 or https://t.co/AfQLkHgb3o pic.twitter.com/8ByanCqTXQ
Happy Opening Day kinda... it's #TakeoutThursday and with the help of @FrischsBigBoy @CocaCola @ElisBBQCincy and the @Reds this is really taking off! Thank you all and we hope that you all enjoy!! Remember $25 per order/family! Please read ⬇️⬇️ pic.twitter.com/5Dm4w7th13— Tucker Barnhart (@Tucker_Barnhart) March 26, 2020
Pirates starter Chris Archer shared an Opening Day message from fans.
This is pure magic!!!! I miss you kiddos https://t.co/fZ96cOyH0O— Chris Archer (@ChrisArcher22) March 26, 2020
And many others shared their thoughts as well.
Thinking of our fans on Opening Day. Miss you and hope to see you at the Big A soon! Until then, please stay safe and healthy as we get through this together. God Bless. pic.twitter.com/Rs79aGWXEu— Albert Pujols (@PujolsFive) March 26, 2020
Worst opening day ever, but focused on what's most important right now and that's keeping the team safe at home so we can get back to baseball soon. Special thank you to all the healthcare workers on the front lines, looking forward to celebrating y'all upon our return! #NVRQT pic.twitter.com/zWQqm8PNyA— Jon Lester (@JLester34) March 26, 2020
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Although Spring Training 2020 was different, to say the least, my family and I are always grateful for the support the @sfgiants fans show. As the world has slowed for obvious reasons, we are thankful for the many people who work tirelessly to aid in any way possible. One day soon, baseball will be our passion again. For now we continue to observe the best ways to minimize the spread and enjoy the time we would not have now with our loved ones. It's a reminder that thinking of others is critically important! See you in SF soon! #sfgiants #quarantine #bekind
Dear Baseball; I miss you. I miss the roar of the crowd, the smell of the grass, the adrenaline rush, the joy of playing, enjoying the little moments with the boys and last but not least getting double switched for! (I miss a lot more) Love ya!!! See you soon!! #OpeningDayAtHome pic.twitter.com/9dJpvWu0Kg— Enrique Hernández (@kikehndez) March 26, 2020