Wounded Warriors’ Soldier Ride at Stadium
Fans who attended Wednesday’s Yankees-Blue Jays game at Yankee Stadium had to endure a steamy afternoon but were able to appreciate an uplifting sight, that of the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride in pregame activities.
Eight Wounded Warriors cycled into the Stadium through the center field gate and along the left field warning track and down the line toward the plate where they were greeted by right fielder Nick Swisher, who has made a personal commitments to assist WWP with its mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors.
“It is an honor for the entire Yankees organization to welcome thee brave men and women to Yankee Stadium,” Swisher said. “Giving back to those who have served our country is a priority for the Yankee, and we are proud to be taking part in New York’s Soldier Ride events.”
The New York Soldier Ride included a bike fitting whereby warriors using adaptive equipment such as prosthetics were fit to the cycles for the rides through Manhattan, Long Island and the Hamptons.
The Wounded Warriors on bikes powered by their arms Wednesday were U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Paul Bastien of Pittsburgh; U.S. Marine Corps Corp. Garrett John Carnes of Moorsville, Pa.; U.S. Marine Corps First Lt. Jake Dobberke of Ames, Ia.; U.S. Army First Lt. Lacey Devine Hamilton of Wilmington, Del.; U.S. Marine Corps Corp. Todd Love of Camp Pendleton, Calif.; U.S. Army First Lt. Jake Everett Murphy of Wellesley, Mass.; U.S. Army Corp. Cody Stanton of Raleigh, N.C., and U.S. Army Specialist Andrew Wilson of Brentwood, Tenn.
The ceremonial first pitch was thrown out by U.S. Open golf champion Webb Simpson.