Navy Baseball Participates in 2017 Bob Feller Act of Valor Ceremony
WASHINGTON, D.C. - This past Thursday, Nov. 16, the Navy baseball team had the opportunity to attend and participate in the 2017 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award ceremony in Washington, D.C. Hosted at the United States Navy Memorial's Heritage Center for the fifth year in a row, a number of Navy's players attended the ceremony that honored Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Tom Seaver, Baltimore Orioles reliever Darren O'Day, Chief Petty Officer Edmundo Brantes, Training Support Center Great Lakes, Unmanned Patrol Squadron ONE NINE (VUP-19), and USMC Staff Sergeant Adam Plambeck for their dedicated work that embodies the ideals of Bob Feller's historic and service oriented life.
L-R: Trey Braithwaite, Kyle Stewart, 2017 MLB Honoree Darren O'Day, Jacob Williamson and Jackson Zoch
The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award was created by Peter Fertig in 2013 with the support of the U.S. Navy, the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial, The Cleveland Indians, the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, and the gracious consent of Mrs. Anne Feller. The award, through the unique intersection of baseball and the US Navy, recognizes and honors those who reflect the values, integrity and dedication to serving our country which Bob Feller himself possessed.
Prior to the ceremony in the museum's auditorium, the Midshipmen had a chance to spend time with the honorees, as well as a variety of high ranking military representatives in the exhibition portion of the museum.
"This event is special," exclaimed sophomore Evan Lowery. "Seeing the world of baseball and the military world, the two worlds we find ourselves fully immersed in every day, come together in one night is pretty incredible. There are very few events where you can find icons in each respective community in one place."
Ronald L. Green, the 18th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, speaking with the team
Sophomore Gabe Schilke echoed a similar sentiment to that of his teammate about the importance of the event for the Midshipmen.
"The ceremony was a great opportunity for us as players to represent not only the Navy baseball program, but also the United States Naval Academy. It was an honor to be there and it was a very special night.
"I was really impressed that Mr. Showalter took time out of his offseason to come to the event in support of his player Darren O'Day, but also spend time with our team. Getting a chance to speak with both men was really enjoyable. Meeting Sergeant Major Green once again and being able to talk with him was a great experience."
Thursday marked the fourth consecutive year that the Mids had been invited and attended the event. In 2014, they were guests as Tommy Lasorda and Nick Swisher were honored, George Brett and Jonathan Lucroy were lauded in 2015. Last year, Rod Carew and Brad Ziegler were recognized in the ceremony.