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Veteran blinded during Iraq tour throws out first pitch at Pirates game (video)

Amid the pomp and circumstance that typifies festivities in major league ballparks across the country on Opening Day, there is usually a nice story or two every season that transcend the games played over these few spring days that signify the beginning of another MLB season. What occurred at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Thursday afternoon is one of those stories.

Pittsburgh native Jeremy Feldbusch, representing the Wounded Warriors Project, threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Pirates’ home opener against the Philadelphia Phillies. Feldbusch, an Army Ranger who lost his sight while serving a tour of duty in Iraq when his unit came under fire and an I.E.D. exploded nearby, was at the game as the guest of Pirates Chairman of the Board, Bob Nutting.

After an introduction and a respectful applause from the crowd, wouldn’t you know it? Feldbusch grooved one right in there, throwing one right over the plate. Awesome.

[H/T for video Hardball Talk]