Dodgers fans were sort of blindsided by news from Sports Net LA reporter Alanna Rizzon on Wednesday morning. Rizzo posted to her social media accounts and let her fans know that she would be stepping away from the team, but not retiring from sports entirely.
Rizzo spent 7 seasons with the Dodgers as an in-game reporter and pre-game host. She walks away from the job as a 6-time Emmy award winner and the top sports tv reporter in Southern California in 2019. She also gets to walk away on top, fresh off of a World Series win in 2020.
Rizzo clarified that she wanted to spend more time with her family and likely on her own projects. She founded the non-profit Guidry’s Guardian Foundation in 2019 to help dogs that are in shelters. The Dodgers posted their own tribute to Rizzo as she made her announcement.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) January 27, 2021
Following her post, members of the Dodgers community began posting on social media thanking Alanna. DJ Severe posted several pictures of himself with Alanna over the years and even included her bobblehead.
— Arbitrum (?,?) (@djsevere) January 27, 2021
Dodgers play-by-play man Joe Davis has certainly got to know Alanna over the last few years. The two worked together on almost every Sports Net LA broadcast since Davis took over the job in 2017.
Selfishly, so bummed we lose Alanna. Nobody better. We all become like family in these jobs, but so happy for her to get more time with her actual family. Love you @alannarizzo! https://t.co/ARMhHpNb8O
— Joe Davis (@Joe_Davis) January 27, 2021
Even Dodgers players jumped in to congratulate Alanna and wish her all of the best. Alex Wood talked about the change in the clubhouse without her in it on a daily basis. Alanna truly was a player-favorite in terms of talking to members of the media.
@alannarizzo congrats on starting a new chapter. That clubhouse certainly won’t be the same without you in it. The professionalism and respect you gave players on a daily basis was unmatched and I’m grateful to have gotten to know you over the years. Best of luck! https://t.co/sUPKVYogdN
— Alex Wood (@Awood45) January 27, 2021
Whatever direction you take in life, we know that you are going to absolutely crush it, Alanna. Thank you for everything that you have done and your continued devotion to the Dodgers over the last 7 years.
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