Buster Posey honors memory of Navy SEAL killed in Yemen (pic)
San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey on Monday night took to Instagram to post a heartfelt tribute to Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens, a Navy SEAL who died over the weekend in Yemen.
Owens was killed during an intelligence-gathering raid on al Qaeda militants when his aircraft experienced a “hard landing,” according to Pentagon officials per an NBC News report.
Posey had gotten to know Owens, a passionate Giants fan, a few years ago. The memory of their encounters — especially at the team’s spring training facilities in Arizona — prompted Posey to post the touching tribute.
“Sadly, Javier Lopez relayed the news to me today that Ryan Owens had been killed in Yemen while serving our country,” Posey wrote in the post. “Ryan was a member of Seal Team 6 and a big Giants fan. He would come to spring training frequently and I had the honor of meeting him and his son in 2012. For me, it is easy to take for granted the life that my family and I get to live everyday. Words don’t do justice for the gratitude that I have for people like Ryan that sacrifice their lives fighting against evil, so that we may live with freedom.
“Unfortunately for Ryan’s family, they lost a husband and a father this weekend. I can’t imagine the pain they must be going through. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.
“Ryan Owens was a hero that is gone way too soon.”
The photo of Owens in the Giants clubhouse is from one of his spring training visits to Scottsdale, per NBC News.
A statement from Defense Secretary James Mattis said Owens, 36, “gave his full measure for our nation, and in performing his duty, he upheld the noblest standard of military service.”
[Big League Stew]