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Warrior Wishes Come True In Baltimore!

 

Although not the most comfortable “Hotel,” my dad says there are “advantages” to sleeping at bus station.  One of those advantages is that he had a 10 yard walk to the bus in the morning… LOL!!!  

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My dad was on the first bus out of DC to Baltimore for his 9th strauight day of making warrior wishes come true on our Battlefields to Ballfields Tour.  Today we had the honor of hosting Army Sgt Joey Welsh for in Baltimore at the Orioles game.  Sgt Welsh had just been recently medically discharged from Army, and was nominated by one of our previous guests Army Sgt Michael Cymek. 

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On a beautiful day in Baltimore, My dad met up with SGT Welsh at the Cal Ripken #8 statue just outside of iconic Camden Yards. My dad surprised SGT Welsh with Front Row seats in right field and they were actually pretty close to getting that first inning home run ball hit by the Red Sox .

The game was tied 2-2 in the 5th , when Orioles threw out a runner trying to steal second with 2 strikes on Big Papi to end the inning.  Sgt Welsh and my dad each thought “Maybe that wasn’t good cuz now Big Papi gets new count.”  Sure enough, the very next inning Ortiz led off the inning with a home run that sailed over the wall almost to Dempseys Restaurant, to take a 3-2 lead in the 6th.  The Red Sox added another 3 run homer in the 8th and won the game 7-2.

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In the “Small World” department, Joey and My dad were talking and found out that he was actually at the Concert at Capitol Building last night that My dad had planned to go to,  if not for pouring rain. Going further, he was at an after Party that Leslie Nicole Smith (another of our previous guests) had sent my dad pictures from last night . Sgt Welsh was not in any  of those photos , but he remembers seeing Leslie and her service dog Isaac . (There were only about 100 people there due to bad weather). How random would that have been if I had seen Joey at that event, not knowing it was him , and then hosted him next day .

After the game, my dad and SGT Welsh walked out the right field gates into Dempseys for a little Post Game meal . This is one of my dads favorite things about Camden Yard.  Beloved former Oriole Rick Dempsey to created Dempsey’s Brew Pub & Restaurant. The longtime catcher, a member of the Orioles Hall of Fame and 1983 World Series MVP, is also a member of the Orioles broadcast team makes frequent appearances at Dempsey’s. The full-service brew pub is loaded with décor featuring plenty of Rick Dempsey and Orioles memorabilia.  Dempseys is actually inside the stadium and the manager  showed us all is the markers of where home run balls have landed near the restaurant – and even the farthest one, hit by Ken Griffey Jr. , that actually bounced off the restaurant.

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With full stomachs, Sgt Welsh headed out to a family event that evening and my dad hopped on a city bus out to the White Marsh Mall where his 11:59 $1 Megabus took him to Philadelphia overnight.

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We would like to Thank New Era Cap for providing Orioles Caps & Dempseys at Camden Yard for the delicious post game meal, as well as the tour/history lesson of homers. Most importantly , THANK YOU Sgt Joey Welsh for your service & sacrifices to our country!!!

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Warrior Wishes Come True With a Walk-Off Orioles Win!

After an amazing day in Baltimore and a big surprise for 2 Marines, My dad spent the night hanging out at a hotel, that he wasnt staying at, preparing to make warrior wishes come true for day 2 in Baltimore.

Today we had the opportunity to honor the legacy of Army Pvt Kyle Alexander & hosted surviving family members at the Orioles game in his honor.  We also had the opportunity to host Army Warriors Michael Cymek & Kevin Cordner at the game.

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We would like to thank Sliders bar & grill for providing the pregame meal & New Era for providing the warriors with Orioles Caps for the game.

The Orioles ended up winning the game with a Walk Off home run, it was a great way to end the day, however, after the game Camden Yards went on lockdown to help keep fans safe amidst the protests in Baltimore.  There were even talk about fans having to spend the night at the stadium to keep everyone safe.

Thankfully police currently have the situation under control and have just began allowing people to leave the stadium and make their way home.  We are keeping everyone in Baltimore in our prayers tonight.

 My Dad is currently at the Greyhound station awaiting a bus to DC.  He will be hopping on a 5 am flight from DC to Tampa to make Warrior Wishes come true at tomorrows Rays game!

Stay tuned for more details…

It was an honor to host these warriors at the Orioles game tonight.  This was Warrior Wishes 26th game of hosting heroes in 24 days on our Battlefields to Ballfields mission.

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The Baltimore Orioles Make Warrior Wishes Come True!

After making Warrior Wishes come true at the Nationals game, my dad made his way to the bus station for a few hours of rest before jumping on a bus to Baltimore to Make Warrior Wishes come true for Marines Reid Bundy & Wes Collins thanks to the Baltimore Orioles!

Marine CPL Reid Bundy was nominated by his wife.  Bundy served in the USMC where he was skilled and trained as a 0341 Mortar-man with 1st Battalion 8th Marines.

In August of 2004, While on his 2nd tour of duty, Cpl Bundy was injured during a mortar attack in Haditha, Iraq. Several other Marines of 1/8 took shrapnel during this attack, all sustaining different injuries. Cpl Bundy received a through and through to his left bicep, severing the radial nerve and suffered “shell-shock.” After immediate treatment in Baghdad, Iraq, he was flown to Landstuhl, Germany where he obtained treatment before being sent back to the states.

One of the other soldiers injured that Day was Marine CPL Wes Collins.  Collins had joined the Marines in 2003.  Just like Bundy, he was skilled and trained as a 0341 Mortar-man with 1st Battalion 8th Marines.

Cpl Wes Collins sustained shrapnel injuries to his arms and legs in the attack.  He was immediately treated in Baghdad, Iraq and was then flown to Germany where he obtained treatment before being sent back to the states.

Both Bundy & Collins were awarded the Purple Heart.

Operation Warrior Wishes teamed up with Cpl Bundy’s wife to help bring these 2 warriors back together for the first time in years!

We set up the surprise at Dempsey’s and had lunch before the game.  Thanks to the Orioles, the reunited warriors enjoyed batting practice from the field!

Orioles Outfielder Steve Pearce helped us make these warriors day special by coming over to thank them for their service & gave them each signed baseball

TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!

This was the 25th game we have honored heroes in 23 days on our Battlefields to Ballfields mission.  My dad will be back at Camden Yards again tomorrow to honor the legacy of Army Pvt Kyle Alexander!