BOSTON (CBS) – Tuesday was a day to honor veterans at Fenway Park.
“Team Chowdah” — a group of disabled veterans from around New England — received a friendly salute from CVS Caremark and the Boston Red Sox, who teamed up and put on a special batting camp for disabled veterans Tuesday morning.
Their packed day included a hitting lesson from Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan, taking swings at the Green Monster and enjoying lunch in the Red Sox dugout.
“This is like a dream come true,” said Mark Sanders, who has been in a wheelchair since being hit by a truck while serving in Lebanon with the Marines in the 1980’s. “That was the best time of my life.”
Sanders, who plays multiple wheelchair sports, was able to put some good contact on a few pitches, and thanked his instructor for some good tips and the opportunity of a lifetime.
“I love Dave’s pitching because I was able to hit some of them,” Sanders said with a big smile. “I really appreciate the way he threw them to me. He was very good.”
The vets also received a VIP tour of the park and tickets to Boston’s game against the Texas Rangers.