Battlefield To Ball Field – 07.04.11 – SI Vault

Allow me to introduce you to your new favorite team. Its players won’t win the World Series or reach the Hall of Fame, but you’ll never root harder for another ball club, or feel prouder to do so. The shortstop is missing his right foot, taken by a land mine in Afghanistan. One of the outfielders swings the bat like a one-handed tennis backhand because the grenade that hit his armored vehicle in Iraq blew off his right arm up to the shoulder. Some teams use Patriots as a nickname; these guys are the real thing.

via Battlefield To Ball Field – 07.04.11 – SI Vault.