This Marine came prepared with a sign and got to meet his lifelong favorite player in baseball. It worked!
Many people look at baseball players as heroic figures. However, none of them even come close to brave men and women protecting our country.
On July 1, former Gunnery Sergeant Roy McDaniel was at Angel Stadium to take in a baseball game with his son, Deven and Deven’s best friend, Charlie. Sergeant McDaniel was a lifelong Cubs fan growing up in Chicago, but has always admired the way that Alex Rodriguez had played the game. He even made a sign the night before hoping that the Yankees slugger might find his way over to him. “Ever since he made his debut in Seattle two decades ago, he has been one of my favorite players,” McDaniel explained.
After serving in the Marines for the last 13 years in active duty and two deployments to Afghanistan, Roy was honorably discharged after he was injured and was forced to get neck and hip surgery. Since the surgery in 2014, mobility has been more of a challenge for him.
The Angels allowed the three to get as close to the field as possible for the best chance to meet the New York designated hitter. Just as batting practice was winding down, Rodriguez was alerted to their presence — he promptly ended his current conversation and sprinted over to where they were. The trio was in for a memorable experience.