Sgt. First Class Brian Keaton (Ret) spent three and a half years in Walter Reed National Military Medical Center recovering from injuries that he sustained while serving in Iraq. Keaton was injured when a bomb exploded and he suffered a traumatic brain injury as well as PTSD. But those injuries didn’t stop Keaton from delighting the crowd and throwing out the ceremonial first pitch in game 2 of the Washington Nationals, SF Giants National League Division series at National’s Park.
The crowd cheered with delight as the wounded Iraq veteran dropped to his stomach and crawled to the mound. The cheers grew louder when Keaton lobbed the ball towards home plate just like he was tossing a grenade. Keaton then walked over to get a few hugs from some of the players before he exited the field to watch the game.