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posted on January 11th, 2012 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World


Standing near first base next to Major League Baseball All-Stars Johnny Damon and A.J. Pierzynski, I finally realized who my favorite player is. No, not Pierzynski or Damon. It’s Josh Wege. And Greg Reynolds. And the rest of the members of the Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball team running around Field 13 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort this morning.

These U.S. military veterans have each lost a limb – in Wege’s case, two limbs – while fighting for their country in Iraq or Afghanistan. Yet, after extensive rehabilitation, they have mustered the courage to join together and travel the country playing exhibition softball games. With all due respect to the New York Yankees, these guys really should be considered “America’s Team.’’

Today they were practicing at our sports complex in preparation for exhibition games in nearby Plant City, Fla., against several former U.S. Olympic softball team members such as Jennie Finch. Pierzynski (Chicago White Sox) and Damon (Tampa Bay Rays), who both live in Orlando, jumped at the chance to meet the team. They even brought their baseball gloves and practiced with them.

It was a real thrill to stand there at first base so close to these superstar ball players. Oh, and it was good to see Pierzynski and Damon, too.

Here’s a brief video of Pierzynski, Damon and the Warriors during practice:

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Jennifer on January 11th, 2012 at 8:23 pm

God bless these wonderful vets, the awesome Doctors/Scientists for the artificial limbs, and all who have helped them get to where they are at. WDW….You Rock!

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Colleen from TX on January 12th, 2012 at 9:08 am

Thanks for encouraging our heros. My cousin was paralyzed from the waist down and is still dealing with the loss. I know these events will give him hope. These guys look great and move so fluidly. I can’t believe they are working with a prosthetic.

Thanks for sharing their accomplishments and bravery.

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Elizabeth from GA on January 13th, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Thanks to all the soldiers who have fought for our freedom. It’s encouraging to see this group overcome their disabilities to use their abilities to enjoy doing what they love.

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Adolfo on January 15th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Sometime there are things that we as a humans lost but we the time we can find that from what happened new ans special things come to be part of our life. to all the people fighting for freedom thanks for give us more safety days. God bless you all

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