Sky Sox host Heroes Classic Batting Practice

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Local men and women who serve our community and our country spent Saturday afternoon taking batting practice with the Sky Sox.

Although bad weather forced participants inside, that didn’t stop the fun.

“To come out and get away from work, the past and then kind of relive the past again — play baseball,” said Douglas Norman, a Wounded Warrior and member of the United States Army.

Instead of the usual team, dozens of Wounded Warriors, police officers and firefighters stepped up to the plate.

“It’s neat to just be here in a facility where professional ball players come and play and live out their childhood dreams,” said David Cates, a Colorado Springs firefighter. “It’s an honor to be able to come here.”

Players from the Sky Sox team came out to show their support for those in uniform, both past and present.

“We’re just out here giving a little time which is really easy for us to do,” said Nathan Orf, an infielder for the Sky Sox. “Hope it has a big impact for them. It’s just fun to see their faces and the smiles — from the kids and the older group.”

“Everything that they get to do overseas that we don’t get to see — I just really admire that and appreciate it and very grateful,” said Cates.

The event is just one way to say thank you to those who have served, but it’s also a chance for others to gain some perspective.

“Men and women serving overseas all day every day and so we’re fortunate to get a chance to just come out and play ball for a living,” said Orf.

“To get out here even for just a moment to pretend — it’s fun,” said Norman. “I feel like a little kid all over again.”

This is the second year the Sky Sox have hosted the Heroes Classic Batting Practice.

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