Monday, February 19, 2007

Injured Vet Signs With San Diego Padres

A Marine Corporal who was injured in Iraq is the ABC News person of the week. This is such a great story! It's so nice to read something positive for a change.

Feb. 16, 2007 — Cooper Brannan is trading one uniform for another. The 22-year-old Marine corporal signed a Minor League contract this week to pitch for the San Diego Padres, despite an injury he suffered while in Iraq.

"They say Marines don't cry, right? This is one of the biggest dreams of my whole life," Brannan said. "It's every little kid's dream, you know, and now that I'm older and I'm able to fulfill this dream … I'm going to work hard at it and I am going to strive to be the best that I can be."

His Major League pitching opportunity came during a chance encounter with the CEO of the Padres, whom he met at a radio show appearance, after Brannan returned home from two tours of duty in Iraq.

Read the rest of the story here.

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