First Pitch is a Tribute to Every Veteran

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Brian Keaton, cheers after throwing the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2 of baseball's NL Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the San Francisco Giants in Nationals Park, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, Pool)
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Brian Keaton, cheers after throwing the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2 of baseball’s NL Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the San Francisco Giants in Nationals Park, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, Pool)

You can retire a soldier out of the Army, but you can never retire the Army out of the soldier.

Army Sergeant First Class Brian Keaton, a 20+ year serviceman and Iraq War veteran, loved baseball so much that when he was recovering from a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, doctors used baseball cards to help him repair brain function.

His first public outing was to Washington Nationals Park. And now that this veteran has recovered, he was ready to throw out the first pitch – but he wanted to do it his way.

With the skill of an infantryman, Keaton starts a low-crawl from behind the mound, checks his rear, pulls out the “clip,” and tosses the baseball like a grenade, being sure to take cover.

 

The crowd, as expected, goes wild.

Thank you for your service to our country, SFC Keaton!

Credits

Thanks to all the veterans who serve their country; Army Sergeant First Class Brian Keaton for sharing the event;  for writing the story, IRJ Review for committing its resources to publishing the story; Major League Baseball (MLB)National League East; Washington Nationals; Nationals ParkGoogle for helping me find the story; Wikipedia for defining the baseball terms; fans for their support; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture, video, and text I used in this post.

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