Disabled Vets Get Opportunity of a Lifetime
BOSTON, Mass. (WGGB) — Some disabled veterans from Massachusetts and Rhode Island got the opportunity of a lifetime Tuesday at Fenway Park.
Veterans like Mike Shea of Springfield got a chance to take batting practice at Fenway, all thanks to the Red Sox and CVS Caremark.
Mike says, “I don’t even know how to describe it other than my wife is jealous. She’s even the bigger Red Sox fan and the fact that we had batting practice and stuff like that, she’s a much better than I am.”
The veterans worked with Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan, who says, “I mean, it’s the very least I can do. For all that they’ve done for us and our country, for me to take an hour and a half out of my day to come out here and help them enjoy taking batting practice at Fenway, it’s pretty cool.”
Greg Filion of Dighton is am Army veteran adds, “To step out on the field like we are right now to take BP. How many people can say they can take BP at Fenway? Not many. It’s just a unique experience being out here with other veterans.’
Air Force veteran Mike Guilbault of Woonsocket, R.I. couldn’t have been happier. “I was actually able to hit the ball and get it out of the infield and everything. It was like heaven. I’ve watched many a game, but to actually be down on the field and batting, it’s something I never thought would happen,” he notes
The veterans also met Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, had pictures taken in front of the Green Monster, and ate lunch in the Red Sox dugout.
Certainly, a day these veterans will remember for a long time.