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MLB Honors True American Heroes

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MLB Honors American’s True Heroes With Baseball Game At Fort Bragg

On Sunday, the MLB honored the true American heroes of our military with a baseball game at Fort Bragg. Fort Bragg is located in North Carolina, just outside of Fayetteville.

Fort Bragg was established in 1918 and has since grown into American’s largest military base in the country. It is home to 55,000 service men and women and their families. In total, Fort Bragg is home to around 250,000 people.

So how did the idea of playing a baseball game at the base come up? Well last summer, the MLB and MLBPA got together to discuss a way to honor American’s heroes. The game on Sunday was the product of those discussions.

There was just one problem to the plan, Fort Bragg did not have a baseball field. So the MLB went to work and built a major league sized field on the base. The field covered up an old golf course that had been overgrow from lack of use. In a little more than 4 months, major league baseball built a real life field of dreams.

The ballpark can seat 12.500 service men and women and their families. A ticket lottery was conducted to determine who was lucky enough to attend the game.

After all these preparations where made, there was still a baseball game to be played. The Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves where selected to participate in the special game.

When the players arrived, they marveled at the beauty of the field. Many of the players have connections to the military that made the night that much more special. Before the game, some of the players got to tour the base. Some visited a parachute packing facility while others visited the Womack Army Medical Center.

MLB big wigs such as the commissioner himself partook in photo ops with service men and women all over the base.

When the game finally got started around 8pm eastern, the Marlins proved to be the better team. They won 5-2 over the Braves. J.T. Realmuto of the Marlins became the first player to hit a homer on a military base.

In the coming days and weeks, the stadium seats will be torn down but the field itself will stay. Fort Bragg officials plan to convert the field into multiple softball fields for the soldiers enjoyment. The MLB donated money to help fund the project as a sort of thank you for the freedom they provide our great nation.