This One’s For You: from a Royals fan

On July 25, Fox Sports Midwest will air “This One’s For You”, showcasing the Missouri National Guard’s 1-135th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion during the Cardinals – Phillies game. The American Forces Network will televise the game to U.S. troops around the world.

Before heading out on a mission U.S. Army Spc. Timothy McClellan, from Charlie Company, 1st Cavalry Division, 12th Infantry Regiment, plays a game of rock-baseball at an Army outpost in Kahn Bani Sahd, Iraq, Feb. 6, 2007.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stacy L. Pearsall) (Released)

I applaud the St. Louis Cardinals and Fox Sports Midwest for saluting the troops. As a Royals fan, it’s easy to get caught up in the frustration of a team struggling to get to .500 and wondering if they’re going to trade away Ervin Santana, trade for someone or just stand pat. But when you think about our Armed Services and their sacrifices, it makes you thankful for what they do and puts baseball and life in perspective.

For instance, it’s easy to complain when you have to fight traffic to and from work, perhaps have to work late and miss your favorite TV show or the game. Well, how would you like to be half a world away from your family for a year at a time? Or have a commute where you might encounter a roadside bomb, work all hours of the day and night in dangerous conditions, and where today might be your last day? Or miss holidays with your family, the birth of your child, their first steps or their graduation? For many service members, that’s just another day at work. And more times than not, they’re glad to do it and serve their country.

The great thing about our military is that it’s an all volunteer force. I’m grateful there’s folks willing to serve and defend the freedoms we all enjoy. Like being a fan of a baseball team that hasn’t finished .500 since 2003 and write about them for I-70 Baseball.

To all who serve or have served in the Armed Forces defending our freedoms and way of life, thank you. Your sacrifice for your family, friends and country is the reason why the United States of America is the greatest nation on Earth.

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