A Special Moment on D-Day Anniversary

Friday night at the DBAP, something cool happened before the Bulls and PawSox closed out their series. On the 70th anniversary of D-Day, we had Dub Karriker, a 94-year-old veteran who stormed Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944, throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

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D-Day vet Dub Karriker waits for his moment in the spotlight

Overheard in the press box prior to him taking the field was, “he looks pretty spry.” By all accounts, it was a rather accurate description.

Karriker receives a standing ovation prior to his first pitch

Karriker receives a standing ovation prior to his first pitch

Karriker marched out to the middle of the diamond, parking himself about 35 feet from home plate while the DBAP crowd gave him a standing ovation, and Bulls PA Announcer Tony Riggsbee read off his accomplishments. With the crowd still roaring, the veteran tossed his pitch, bouncing once before falling into relief pitcher Jake Thompson’s glove. Thompson then returned Dub the baseball as a keepsake before exiting the field together, still to a standing ovation.

A strike in any league

A strike in any league

Bulls reliever Jake Thompson, Karriker, and Wool E. Bull

Bulls reliever Jake Thompson, Karriker, and Wool E. Bull

We’re lucky to see some pretty cool things at the ballpark: Championships, All-Star Games, top prospects, even celebrities. But when a true American hero is in the building, that’s really special.

Here’s video of Dub’s first pitch:

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