Marlins, Cubs to host Parkland families at Friday's game

Both team wore patches with the initials "MSD" and 17 stars during Thursday's opening day game to honor the victims of the mass shooting.

The Marlins and Cubs are paying tribute to the survivors of the Parkland, Fla., mass shooting.

Both teams wore patches with the initials "MSD" and 17 stars during Thursday's opening day game to honor the lives lost in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting last month.

The Cubs also donned T-shirts made by Chicago manager Joe Maddon's Respect 90 Foundation, which provides families with opportunities to develop championship attitudes through sports, academics and community involvement.

"I want to show our support for the kids," Maddon said Thursday, via ESPN. "The entire activist movement by the youth of America. We love it. I love it. I think a lot of the players do also."

Furthermore, the teams will host students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas and their families for Friday's game at Marlins Park.

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Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who is a Stoneman Douglas alumnus, expects emotions to run high ahead of the second game of the series as four families of victims or survivors throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

"[Friday] will be a tough one to see for everyone who has a pulse," Rizzo said Thursday.