Hitting a slow moving yellow ball with a big aluminum bat makes for a simple game. On Saturday night, this simple game was played by athletes that left simple behind on the battlefield.
The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team took on a team of Vermont Celebrity All Stars, with the proceeds going to the Wounded Warriors Foundation. The Warriors team, which plays charity games throughout the country, is made up of Veterans along with active duty soldiers and marines that have lost limbs in post 9/11 combat.
"I was deployed in March of 2007, then I got injured August 1st, 2007," Warriors Third Baseman Saul Bosquez said. "A bomb took out the right side of my vehicle and took out my left leg instead of my right leg."
Warriors Outfielder Greg Reynolds lost one of his arms.
"I defied one of 2000 odds of survival and just lucky to be here to this day, being able to play a competitive softball at the level we do, promoting and inspiring a positive and active lifestyle," Reynolds said.
The Centennial Field Crowd roared throughout the evening. The cheering didn't just indicate a great play, but showed their support and appreciation.
"Obviously people see the physical aspect of everything we do, but it's a big mental therapy as well," Bosquez said. "Because on a weekly basis we're with ten other guys that have gone through the same exact thing, so we're able to talk and get everything straightened out."
"I always say success don't come to you, you go to it and with the right mind set and attitude anything is possible," Reynolds said. "That's why I'm still playing ball at the level I am, because I have the right mind set and attitude."
Unimaginable hardship for these soldiers spawning philosophies as simple as the game they now play.
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