Fox- Before the Washington Nationals took on the San Francisco Giants in Game 2 of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, an Army veteran wounded in Iraq threw out the ceremonial first pitch in a very unusual and crowd-pleasing way.
There is two things about this that are very cool. First of all, it's a welcome change to see an original first pitch. I feel like the the entire concept of the first pitch has been dumbed down, this year specifically. Everyone from Jessica Alba, to Chrissy Teigan, to Charles Barkley, to Jeremy Lin has thrown a first pitch this year. They usually all suck and are banal and boring. So seeing Brian Keaton crawl up to the mound and toss a hot one 'grenade style' towards home definitely got my attention. For sure a cool moment that got a nice loud reaction, as it should have.
Also, I feel like the 'Heroes Welcome' at sporting events has become a game by game thing. Not that there is anything wrong with that. Our soldiers and former soldiers deserve all the recognition that comes to them. However, I feel like it becomes a faceless process. They announce the person's name over the PA system and show them up on the screen. Everyone stands up and claps because that's just what you do. I'm sure it means a lot to the people who receive the ovation, but it seems like it is a routine now. Shamefully, I can't remember the person's name two minutes after it is announced. I feel like it is that way for a lot of people.
Brain Keaton is different. I will not forget Brian's name. That first pitch was memorable. It also kind of gives us a glimpse into what our heroes had to deal with on a day by day basis while overseas. I think maybe sometimes we forget the actuality of the danger that they put themselves in to protect our country.
So good for you Brian, way to switch up a mundane tradition and remind us all why we praise people like yourself. Best of luck to Brain in his recover from PTSD and a healthy and happy reintroduction in to American life!