BALTIMORE – Before baseball on Sunday, it was time for real life heroes to be honored.
Last month, three Marylanders serving in the military died, and Orioles manager Buck Showalter joined their families on the field. Showalter presented Orioles jerseys with their names.
Army Captain Sara Knutson Cullen of Eldersburg, Md. was among five killed in a helicopter crash in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Navy LTJG Valerie Cappelaere Delaney of Ellicott City, Md. died in a plane crash in Spokane, Wash., and Marine Lance Corporal William Taylor Wild IV of Severna Park, Md. died in a training mission in Nevada.
A clearly moved Showalter, wearing sunglasses, hugged the family members.
When asked how difficult it was for him to do that, he vigorously began nodding his head.
“Very hard. But for me compared to them? It's not even close. It's an honor to be asked to go out there. It's an honor to be in their presence, but I can't imagine how families feel when a sacrifice like that has been made,” Showalter said.
“Reminds you in the whole scheme of things what we're doing out there for three hours or whatever is not really that important. One of them pointing out to me where their son sat to watch our games."
A moment of silence in their memories was observed before the game.