Mets RH reliever Anthony Swarzak, who was born and raised in Broward County, FL -- where Wednesday's mass shooting took the lives of 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School -- discussed the shooting on Thursday morning. Swarzak's sister and cousins attended the school where the shooting happened, and his cousins still live in the area.
"I just started making phone calls to friends in the area," Swarzak said. "I grew up with some people that are baseball coaches down there. They know a lot of those Stoneman Douglas kids. From what I heard, all the baseball team is accounted for down there. That's not the case for some of the coaches and stuff, but, it's a time to reflect and to hopefully grow as a community. And try to get better at, just loving eachother."
"I played against that school growing up," Swarzak continued. "My sister went to that school, I have two cousins that graduated from that school. My heart -- it aches for those families, for all of Broward county, for all the United States.This is a sad time that we're living in. We all have to find a way to rise above it. Love conquers all. It really does. And it's a really sad thing."