Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, June 21, 2013
Major League Baseball’s most talented won’t be the only ones honored during the 2013 All-Star Game in New York City this July.
The professional sporting league has teamed up with People magazine’s “Tribute For Heroes” to help recognize 30 truly deserving war veterans and active force members during this year’s pre-game ceremony at Citi Field.
Like with the player balloting, fans get to choose which heroes get to take part in the festivities. The field has been narrowed down from thousands to 90 – three representing each team – that will be chosen by fan vote between now and June 30. The finalists were chosen by a guest panel including representatives from the MLB and People magazine, General Peter W. Chiarelli (ret.), General John M. “Jack” Keane (ret.), and MLB players Justin Verlander, Nick Swisher, Barry Zito, Jonny Gomes, Brad Ziegler, Chase Headley and Craig Stammen.
Among the finalists are three World War II vets, 20 purple hearts, an amputee whose already completed 35 triathlons and a gold medalist in the Paralympics. The full list of veterans, including their team affiliations, can be found here.
People magazine will also recognize one of the winners in their July 22 issue, which arrives in news stands the week of the All-Star game.
The contest benefits Welcome Back Veterans, an organization that helps veterans and their families adjust after returning from deployment.