The tribute pales in comparison to the sacrifice Marine Cpl. Nick Kimmel has made for our country and for all of us. Kimmel is a triple amputee who lost both legs and an arm in an explosion during his second tour in Afghanistan last year and was honored by the friends he has made in Major League Baseball by walking to the mound on his own power and throwing out the first pitch in game two of the World Series.
No stranger to the game, Corporal Kimmel chose to forego his partial baseball scholarship to Arizona State University back in 2008 and enlisted in the Marine Corps instead. A baseball fan his whole life, Kimmel has grown the unwavering support and friendship from the players and coaches he idolized as a kid. Now they idolize him as they watch the young man deal with unimaginable circumstances with the strength and perseverance of a true Marine. “I’ve had heroes in my life — Joe DiMaggio, Babe Ruth… but I look at this Marine here … this is my hero,” said Hall of Fame baseball manager Tommy Lasorda.
“Growing up, [seeing] baseball players, you’re just awestruck,” Kimmel said. “They don’t even seem human. Now, they’re just my friends.”