Despite the onslaught of rain and win at the Boston Marathon, skies cleared and the wind abated in time for the much-anticipated Army/Navy baseball game at Fenway Park Friday, April 20.
The notorious Army/Navy rivalry is consistently ranked amongst the nation’s greatest college rivalries, dating back well over 100 years and steeped in history. It was only fitting the rivalry should come to Fenway, one of the nation’s most beloved ballparks. The sense of patriotism inside Fenway was palpable as generations of Army and Navy fans alike kept their eyes on the sky to watch the paratroopers fly in and land gracefully in the outfield during the pre-game ceremony. West Point Superintendent, General Caslen, Mayor Marty Walsh, and City Councilor Ed Flynn – a US Navy Veteran with 23 years of service – were tasked with throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.
Though the United States Naval Academy Midshipmen would go on to defeat the Army Black Knights 4-0 – decisively ending Army’s winning streak – fans from both sides stood in solidarity to support the men and women who serve our nation: proceeds from the game benefit Home Base and our mission to heal the invisible wounds of war for Veterans, Service Members and their Families.
“Each of us have a responsibility to assist these men and women with their transition from warriors back to private citizens,” said retired Brigadier General Jack Hammond, Executive Director, Home Base.
Prior to the game, the Army baseball team paid a visit to Home Base to learn more about the program and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) treatment. They met with Executive Director, retired Brigadier General Jack Hammond, as well as Home Base’s Chief of Traumatic Brain Injury, Ross Zafonte, DO., and Purple Heart Recipient, Kurt Power.