Boston Red Sox honor hometown hero
For Jeff Bauman, the bombings at the Boston Marathon shattered his world. After catastrophic injuries and a series of operations he came out having lost both legs due to the disaster. He also emerged as a hero though, having seen the suspects and thus playing a crucial role in their capture. His appearance at various sporting events is the least the city of Boston can do to give him our sincere thanks for his courage and perseverance.
Though the Sox dropped the game to the Phillies Tuesday night, it will be a special one in Red Sox history. Both Jeff Bauman and the Carlos Arredondo, the man who saved his life, were invited to throw out the first pitch before the game. Bauman was wheeled up to the left of the pitchers mound, set to throw to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia as per his request. When the time came Bauman fired a strike to home to the delight and awe of the Fenway faithful.
First pitch ceremonies are often spectacular, but this one holds a special place in the heart of Boston. Bauman became a hero overnight when he identified the bomber, and to give him this honor is the least anyone can do to thank him. Bauman was honored and humbled by all that has gone on in the past month and offers nothing but appreciation and gratitude to everyone who has been there for him.
“As a lifelong Sox fan, I am so grateful for this unforgettable opportunity. I can’t think of any other place that symbolizes Boston’s strength, perseverance and heart more than Fenway, and I am so proud to now be a part of its history,” Bauman said.
It was a moment no one will easily forget, as two heroes were given one of the greatest honors Boston has to offer. Best of luck to Bauman in his continued recovery as he tries to piece his life back together.