Sgt. First Class Brian Keaton (retired) has served our country in Iraq, and he also provided a recent moral booster here on American soil.
After sustaining bomb injuries in Iraq, Keaton spent three and a half years at the Walter Reed Military Medical Center recovering from injuries that included traumatic brain injury and PTSD.
But like the trooper that he is, Keaton jumped at the chance to throw the ceremonial first pitch for Game 2 of the Washington Nationals/San Francisco Giants National League Division series at National’s Park on October 4, 2014.
After an introduction from the announcer, Keaton revved the crowd by lifting his arms, jumping, hugging team members and just loving on his countrymen. After he had the crowd stirred in the moment, Keaton invited them to connect America’s favorite pastime to the past experiences and details of his world. The wounded veteran dropped to his stomach and army crawled to the pitcher’s mound.
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The crowd went crazy for this display of the sacrifice made by Americans who sign up to risk their lives in the line of duty. After bobbing his head to get his target in view, he rose and lobbed the baseball grenade-style toward home plate. After successfully eliminating the enemy, Keaton rose to celebrate with a few of the players with hugs and left the field to enjoy the game.
Was this a shining moment for America to honor it’s service men and women, or was this a moment where we need to reflect more on the agenda of our big government and the course they are setting before the nation without consult of the nation?