After 17 long years of serving this great nation in the U.S. Navy, Brian Holcomb fulfilled his lifelong dream of playing college ball. Holcomb, a member of the Wounded Warrior Project, was cleared to play by the NCAA back in March. The NCAA doesn’t get much right, but this was one of the few exceptions where even those soulless, money-grubbing bastards couldn’t fuck up such a great story.
The 34-year-old was finally given the nod by Jacksonville University manager Tim Montez and took the mound yesterday against Georgia Southern.
An amped Holcomb he delivered the first pitch strike to opposing batter Kody Adams. The Mason, Michigan native dealt the sidearm delivery fastballs and in the 2-2 count, Adams would pull the ball into right field for a leadoff single.
Montez would come out, salute and take the ball from Holcomb after the first batter, and the crowd and his teammates gave a hand and embraced the teammate and inspiration for all.
Awesome, awesome moment. Sure, he let up a hit to the only batter he faced, but this is one of those occasions where the game itself was far less important.
Holcomb was a stud pitcher back in high school, going 4-1 with a 1.90 ERA his senior season, but rather than moving onto the next level, he decided to dedicate his life to the freedom of this country. That’s a special type of individual. Selfless beyond words.
I fully expect to see a Tom Rinaldi SportsCenter segment covering this in the coming weeks..
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