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Video of the Day: The best first pitch you’re ever gonna see

Apr 6, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

Jeremy Feldbusch fought in Iraq and lost his sight in the process.  Yesterday he threw out the first pitch at the Phillies-Pirates game and threw a friggin’ strike.

(via BusinessInsider)

  1. aceshigh11 - Apr 6, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Wow, that was nice to see.

    I bet there are some teams who would trust him on the mound more than some of their current rotation options.

  2. Ralph - Apr 6, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    That’s awesome, Craig. Thanks for posting that. Jeez….it’s getting dusty in here…

  3. patrick3444 - Apr 6, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    That was awesome! So much cooler than having a celebrity do it.

  4. 12strikes - Apr 6, 2012 at 11:23 AM


    Jeremy Feldbusch pitched more strikes on opening day then John Lannan

  5. APBA Guy - Apr 6, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Must be allergies, tree pollen or something. What a great moment.

    And just so OG won’t think I’ve gone all the way soft, I have to point out that the Ryan Budget, passed by the House along party line votes this year, will lead to a 95% reduction in Federal spending on “discretionary” activities, based on CBO projections. Included in the agencies funded by this spending is the VA, or Veteran’s Administration, the agency that takes care of guys like Jeremy Feldbusch after he’s been discharged.

  6. gottagotowork99 - Apr 6, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Come on, let’s be real here. That was an awful throw. I got all hyped up thinking he was going to fire it in there.

    • Ben - Apr 6, 2012 at 12:04 PM

      you are a terrible human being.

    • bloodysock - Apr 6, 2012 at 12:06 PM

      Serve your country, lose your sight and get on a major league mound on opening day and try and do better.

      Thank you for your service Jeremy.

    • Bryz - Apr 6, 2012 at 12:07 PM

      Let’s be real here. If you closed your eyes and threw a baseball 3/4 of the distance from the pitching rubber to home plate, you would have bounced it.

      • stlouis1baseball - Apr 6, 2012 at 1:02 PM

        Good point Bryz. I wish I could give you 50 thumbs up on that one.
        The only thing I would change is ….”you would have tripped and thrown it straight into the ground.”

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 6, 2012 at 12:19 PM

      Have a heart, gotta.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Apr 6, 2012 at 12:19 PM

      Is this a serious comment or a poor attempt at some sort of sly humor?

    • johnnyb1976 - Apr 6, 2012 at 12:30 PM

      C’mon guy that was a bad joke

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 6, 2012 at 12:53 PM

      99: Sure…I was looking for the throw to have some pop to it as well.
      But considering he is BLIND…it was a wonderful throw nonetheless.
      You can’t be serious. Cause’ again…the dude is blind.
      He lost his sight fighting for YOUR freedom to make the most idiotic post I have seen. Contragulations Jackass.
      You just surpassed Calcaterra’s Tori Hunter blog AND his subsequent posts.
      Winner of the most idiotic post of all time = gottagotowork99.! Hooray!

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:21 PM

        Wow…I agree with one of your posts—though I still find it baffling why you spend so much time here if you hold so much contempt for the writers and so many of the commenters.

    • cptnew1 - Apr 6, 2012 at 4:19 PM

      I’ve been in the US military for the last 18 years, I’ve been to more funerals of friends and comrades than I care to repeat. Let me inform you that they made the sacrifice they did for our country, families, friends, and rights. That includes YOUR right to be here and “make your money”. Don’t let the door hit you when you leave. Have a nice day.

      • gottagotowork99 - Apr 6, 2012 at 5:47 PM

        Going to college and getting your Masters or Ph. D. probably would have changed that.

  7. cosanostra71 - Apr 6, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Orioles should sign him to bolster the affront rotation

  8. cosanostra71 - Apr 6, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    starting* stupid autocorrect

  9. gottagotowork99 - Apr 6, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    He didn’t fight for my country. I came here from Germany two years ago.

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:23 PM

      And how does that make you less of a jagoff?

      • gottagotowork99 - Apr 6, 2012 at 3:20 PM

        It doesn’t make me less of a jagoff. I never said that. I love baseball and got excited to see blind man throw a strike. I was unimpressed. Get over it. You Americans need to wake up. This country is nothing but a money pit for us outsiders. Your government lets us get away with it. You should be happy that I am paying taxes and not receiving hand-outs like so many lazy Americans. The education system is flawed here. If it wasn’t that way there wouldn’t be so many “aliens” in the states writing code for all of your software companies. I’ll make my cash and go back to my country in a few more years, you should just be happy that someone is pulling their weight.

    • orangeflh - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:38 PM

      Please feel free to go back.

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 6, 2012 at 3:07 PM

      But I will say this: This is the country in which you currently reside (I presume, though you have not said), and you were free to come here from Germany two years ago—a right for which he fought—so he did fight for your rights, even if he didn’t fight for “your country,” which you chose to leave…and come here.

    • cur68 - Apr 6, 2012 at 10:52 PM

      If only Halladaysbicepts was still around…he’d a blown veins out if he saw that comment and subsequent replies. It would have been epic….

      • Reflex - Apr 7, 2012 at 2:49 AM

        First time it might have ever been completely justified too..

    • cptnew1 - Apr 7, 2012 at 2:54 AM

      For the record, I have my BS in nursing, but thank you for proving my point.

  10. zachcomtois - Apr 6, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    To be honest, I’ve got a pretty good arm, but if you put me out there to throw out the first pitch (hell, put me ten feet closer) I wouldn’t have a prayer of hitting the glove, and I can see. That dude is the man.

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