Originally posted on Bonfire Impact  |  Last updated 3/26/13
San Francisco Giants pitcher, Barry Zito, recently hosted 75 guests, including MLB players and wounded soldiers, at an event at Frasher’s Steakhouse in Scottsdale. The event included dinner and a musical presentation. This year, the honored guests were U.S. Marines from the Wounded Warrior Battalion in San Diego, CA. “They’re the real heroes,” Zito said. “These guys are doing it all. To be able to meet them and see them and hear their stories, tell them thank you in person … that means the most to us.” Other players from the MLB attended this event as well. The list of players included Chicago White Sox pitcher, Jake Peavy, San Diego Padres pitcher, Huston Street, and Giants coach, Tim Flannery, plus a crew of non-musicians including Cleveland Indians outfielder, Nick Swisher, Giants reliever, George Kontos, retired Giants infielder, Rich Aurilia, Padres infielder/outfielder, Mark Kotsay, and former center fielder and current Los Angeles Dodgers announcer, Rick Monday. “Whether you believe in the war or not, you should support the troops, especially the guys coming home,” Swisher said. “These men and women are over there fighting for what we have over here. Big Z, he’s been putting this on for I don’t know how many years. It’s a great cause. I wouldn’t miss this for the world.” After the dinner, Zito had the soldiers tell the audience a little about themselves. “You represent the U.S. Military all over the country and all over the world, and we like to let you guys know we’re behind you,” Zito said. “A lot of these guys came within an inch of their life,” Zito said. “You can tell by seeing their injuries. It’s a situation that really hits home with all of us and makes us feel so fortunate and so blessed to have all of our legs, let alone playing games for a career,”Zito said. Giants manager, Bruce Bochy, talked about Zito’s passion for his charity, Strikeouts For Troops. “It was something he brought up before we even signed him,” Bochy said. “He talked about Strikeouts For Troops and how much it meant to him. Sure enough, he’s followed up on it; now it’s getting really big. A lot of the ballplayers have backed him on this. To have these soldiers in here, to be here to tell their stories … I love it. I’ll never miss this event.” To read more about Zito’s event and charity, click here.   Photo Courtesy of ewen and donabel
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