Welcome to baseball in the year 2020.
This one’s a first. Playing in Friday night’s opener at Wrigley Field, Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia clubbed a two-out single to center in the third inning. Upon reaching (he was Milwaukee’s only base-runner, notching three hits in the losing effort), Arcia was met by Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who knew just what to offer—a squirt of hand sanitizer from his personal stash. Arcia happily accepted, then shared a laugh with his opponent at first base.
Look at this glorious exchange.
With demand at an all-time high, Purell has been almost impossible to find in stores and for good reason amid a global pandemic. MLB hasn’t been immune to the virus with Aroldis Chapman and Eduardo Rodriguez among many players who have tested positive. Rizzo has been in excellent health since his bout with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2008 and considers his immune system top-notch, but with COVID turning our world upside down, you can never be too careful.
In addition to keeping himself and others sanitized at first base, the three-time All-Star also had a successful day at the dish, going 1-for-2 with a walk and a solo home run (a 386-foot moonshot to right) as the Cubs cruised to a 3-0 win on Opening Day. Kyle Hendricks (aka The Professor) was magnificent in the victory, yielding just three hits (all to Arcia) over nine shutout frames.
The Brewers’ offense took the day off Friday, but if they decide to show up for Saturday's game, you can bet Rizzo will be ready to greet them with a fresh bottle of hand sanitizer at first base.