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Major League Baseball is looking to send some military veterans to this years All-Star game in New York City! Neeewww Yorrrrkk City??!! Okay, okay. That was lame. The cool thing is I’ve served in the Military! And I’m a vet! So check it out, readers! I’m asking that you all take a moment, fill out some stuff, and send yours truly to New York to watch the 2013 All-Star game!
Here’s the link: http://mlb.mlb.com/tribute/2013/form.jsp
And the important info is this: Wayne Peck, served ten years in the Army, favorite team is the Mariners and my email is WaynePeck@yahoo.com, my birthday is October 1st, 1980!
It also asks for some other information like, acts of heroism and community service. Here’s where you can copy and paste what I typed into those areas (just to make it a little easier for you).
Personal and Professional Accomplishments:
Served ten years in the United States Army, started a lasting career in retail security and has saved many retailers hundreds of thousands of dollars over the last three and a half years. Has taken many skilled courses in the Military which has served very well in the civilian sector including Recruiter school, countless hours of maintenance and skilled college level courses to earn an Associate degree, and has maintained a successful civilian life outside of the military despite batting PTSD and other military service related injuries. Maintains two Major League blogs on MLBlogs.com and contributes much insight on baseball regarding players, teams and also has a successful sports talk radio show on Blogtalkradio.com
Military Acts of Service and Heroism:
US Army Active Duty: 21 April 2000 to 21 September 2010
(Staff Sergeant E-6)
Operation Iraqi Freedom Service: 15 January 2005 to 15 January 2006
2 Army Commendation Medals
3 Army Achievement Medals
2 Army Good Conduct Medals
1 National Defense Service Medal
1 Iraq Campaign Medal
1 Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
1 Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon
2 Army Service Ribbons
1 Armed Forces Service Medal
2 Overseas Ribbons
1 Combat Action Badge
1 Drivers Badge w/ Wheeled Clasp
1 Mechanics Badge
1 Basic Recruiter Badge
During his deployment in Iraq, his unit was attacked nearly every day with small arms and mortar fire. His unit were tasked with overlooking a main supply route to ensure goods and services made it from town to town safely. Volunteered on countless missions putting himself in danger of improvised explosive devices and ambushes with the Scout platoon and the Estonian Army on cordon and knocks and searches to rid the surrounding villages and towns of terrorist extremists to bring a more safe and secure atmosphere to our location. Good men were lost in their unit during their deployment, men whom we will never forget and always remember in our day-to-day lives. Wayne was also in charge of a recovery unit with 3-5 soldiers under his direct supervision in both garrison and in combat. They were tasked to recover broken down vehicles during combat operations and accompanied many convoys to and from outposts where technical tactical proficiency was needed.
Founded and coordinated self-created charity; Snagging Baseballs for Puppies and raised nearly $500 in two baseball seasons for the Seattle Humane Society. Major contributor to many charities around the United States, including Bud Norris’ Candlelighters, Tony La Russa’s A.R.F, Kevin Youkilis’ “Youk’s Kids” and the Jamie Moyer Foundation. Wayne has also joined the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Chapter 11-5 based out of Burlington WA and has participated in many fundraisers and food drives to help military veterans in time of need. The CVMA is responsible for helping homeless military veterans find homes, provides them with furniture, food and support while they transition out of military life and into civilian.
If you have taken the time to nominate me, hey, thanks a bunch! It means a ton to me and hopefully I get to New York!!
When I was walking down the sidewalk towards the stadium I noticed a huge crowd outside the third base gates. I was hoping they were just lining up to buy tickets. (It was Franklin Gutierrez fly-swatter day) But as I got closer the large crowd was getting their bags checked, their tickets scanned, and they were all receiving a fly-swatter. I sprinted down to the right field gates to make sure people weren’t entering the stadium there (They weren’t) and then I sprinted back to the third base gates, got my bag checked, ticket scanned, and got my fly-swatter. You’re probably saying “So what?” But not “So what.” It was 9:30am in the morning! The gates weren’t supposed to open for another 40 minutes! And here I am…inside already! I didn’t bother to ask around or hassle security with a “What’s going on” question. I just followed the crowd.
It turns out that the large crowd was a high school field trip from the surrounding Seattle high schools. The sixth annual Deca-Day at Safeco Field.
I figured that this crowd alone would drastically cut down my chances of getting a baseball. Since there obviously wasn’t going to be any batting practice (12:40pm start time) because of the early game and now a heaping load of high schoolers were my competition… It would be tough for sure.
Deca-Day promptly started at 9:45am and lasted right up intil 10:40am. And since it took place at Safeco Field you can probably guess what the speakers talked about. Yes. Getting a job at Safeco Field and what positions were available. Basically you get to start out as a “fielder”. Thats a fancy name for grounds crew member. Its a minimum wage job that is aimed at high school and college aged people and normally the application process begins in February. People used to be able to contact the Mariners and request applications to get onboard but in the last few years they have changed that. Now you have to contact an advisor in your school, then they will contact someone on the Mariners hiring staff and send your advisor a recruiting packet. You will it out, (Include cover letter and a resume) send it all back in and then you might get a phone call. After that comes the interview process and all the other hoopla. There was quite a large turnout for this as well.
And then this happened.
While the guest speakers were going on about what they do for the Mariners some Los Angeles Angels came out to start throwing the ball around. I had three guards around me so I didn’t want to get up and walk down to the front row. (Even though I should have done that from the start) It was about 15 minutes before the center field ‘Pen gates were set to open so I still had some time to burn. I quietly excused myself and headed to the bathroom. I figured I could run the clock out there, switch to my Angels hat and no one would be to the wiser. My plan actually worked. After 15 minutes of course. I came out of the bathroom and as the high schoolers were being excused one section at a time I simply strolled down to the front row. The center field gates were now open.
All 1 million high school kids seemed to have disappeared. I pretty much had the entire third base line to myself. And any high schoolers that did come down immediatly talked each other into going to the Mariners side of the stadium. So things weren’t as bad as I had once predicted.
Fernando Rodney, Scott Downs, Ervin Santana, and Tyler Chatwood all came out to stretch and toss the ball around. My buddy Josh (who I mentioned about in my last entry ) lined up behind Rodney, and Santana. I lined up behind Scott Downs but I had the most obnoxious fan standing beside me constantly calling out for a baseball and beating his glove with his fist. I could tell that Scott Downs wasn’t playing into his little game and declined just about everyone in the front row a baseball as he finished up playing catch. He had about four baseballs in his possession and when I realized he wasn’t going to throw one to me I quickly climbed a few rows of seats and headed towards the dugout. I stripped off my backpack, pulled off my jacket and tucked it down into a nearby seat and waited. Scott Downs was busy talking to a security guard that was on the field and as soon as he got done talking to him he started towards me. I knew this was my one and only chance to get that last baseball from Downs. Below is a picture of the annoying fan that caused me to work so hard for this baseball. He’s the short guy with the long, black hair.
Scott Downs slowly approached the dugout and I was the only one (with Angels gear on) standing there with my glove held high. I nodded to him and he tossed me the ball. At first it seemed like he was throwing it to someone behind me. But later I confirmed with my buddy Josh that there wasn’t anyone around me within twenty feet. The ball was all mine. I felt pretty good about that and I also felt pretty good at getting Scott Downs to throw me the ball. He isn’t the most personable guy in the Major Leagues.
Later I scooped up Fernando Rodney’s autograph on my ticket stub and talked with Ervin Santana. Some fans were asking him if he was going to make the All-Star team this year and he just laughed. I think that’s why I enjoy these games that are early in the afternoon so much. There isn’t the chaotic-ness of batting practice and millions of people trying to catch a baseball. I can sort of sit back, relax, and soak up the atmosphere at the stadium and usually get one on one with some of the more outgoing players.
After all that went down it was rather difficult to get another baseball let alone stay down in the lower box level. Security turned on their nazi-mode and started checking tickets. I was told to take some “quick pictures” and return to my seat by one guard. I blew him off though and kept taking pictures. It’s interesting to see just how far I can push these guys before they start getting tough. Normally they just ask a second time and 9 times out of 10 people comply.
One thing that was pretty awesome at the game was that some old dude brought a bag full of Hank Conger bobbleheads from when he was in the minor leagues. He gave the entire bag to Hank and he took them into the dugout to sign them I guess.
Above is a picture of Hank Conger sticking his head up while fans requested his autograph. He was very polite and pretty much obliged everyones’ request. I thought that was pretty awesome of him.
The Mariners won in walk-off fashion too. Carlos Peguero hit a deep fly ball to outfielder Torii Hunter in the bottom of the ninth inning with runners on, and Hunter ended up losing the battle with the sun, lost the ball, and didn’t catch it. It was sort of ironic because I was talking to Josh about how I love extra inning games and the Mariners have had only one extra inning game this year.
Game; May 19th 2011 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs Seattle Mariners
Snagging Baseballs for Puppies has raised; $30.80 this season.
Snagging Baseballs for Relief in Japan has raised; $13.00 this season