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going to the pitcher's mound at Comerica Park. It happened to Lee Armstrong
Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander was behind the plate. Armstrong threw a perfect
pitch to Verlander.
was kind of neat," Armstrong said. "How many people can say Justin Verlander
caught their pitch?"
retired from the Navy after a 22-year career.
he heads the Lucas County Verterans Service Commission, an agency providing
emergency financial assistance and other aid to veterans. He is also president
of Honor Flight, a group that regularly flies vets to the World War II Memorial
in Washington, DC.
my way of giving back to them and my country for what they did," he said.
why Armstrong was nominated in the "Tribute to Heroes"
competition, sponsored by Major League Baseball and People Magazine.
is one of three finalists for the Tigers. If he wins, Armstrong will be honored
for service to his country during a pre-game ceremony prior to the MLB All Star
Game in New York City.
club's winner will be selected by online voting.
would love to win, but at the same time would not be upset if the other two
finalists represented the Detroit Tigers," Armstrong said.
he also wants to win for his son Jon, a Marine veteran. Military duty has
separated them over the last 20 years, but if he wins, they'll go to the game
my goal was if I win, that he and I are going to go and spend some time
together and do something as two vets, father/son, and enjoy the time together,"
make that happen for them, go to vote for
Armstrong here. You can vote as many times as you like up until June 30th.
It's a way to thank Lee Armstrong for serving our country.