Thursday was supposed to be a magical day for Major League Baseball, the start of a seven-month marathon to determine a World Series champion.
Instead, baseball is on hold, rightfully sidelined as the country and world face the COVID-19 pandemic head on. It's a strange time for all of us, with no definitive end in sight.
While Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo longs for baseball's return, the big picture is at the forefront of his mind. In an essay penned for ESPN.com, Rizzo offered advice on how to cope with the unprecedented circumstances.
"It's just such a strange time. The more all of us can stay connected to others, the better we all are," Rizzo said. "Whether you are a professional athlete or a fan, just trying to stay positive right now, it is so important to keep moving any way you can.
"My message and biggest piece of advice: Get into some sort of routine, daily, to get you through so you're not just wasting away time. Somehow make the most of this forced downtime.
"We have to keep moving and keep people encouraged."
Rizzo also highlights how social isolation is important not just for yourself, but for your parents, grandparents, etc. He wishes Opening Day was on Thursday along with everyone else, but there are more important things than playing baseball right now.
"We just have to wait and stay healthy right now," he said. "I hope that for everyone."
Anthony Rizzo offers advice for how to cope during 'strange' COVID-19 times originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago