Bombing Victim Jeff Bauman Throws First Pitch at Red Sox Game
Jeff Bauman survived the Boston Marathon attack on April 15, but lost both of his legs in the blast.
Days later, after surgery, he then described in detail one of the alleged suspects involved in the bombing, which allowed FBI officials to identify the Tsarnaev brothers and connect them to the incident along Boylston Street, preventing any further destruction.
And on Tuesday, Bauman was part of yet another iconic moment in the city, when he got the chance to throw out the first pitch at a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park, alongside the man who helped save his life just moments after two bombs went off along the marathon finish line.
Bauman was honored at the Red Sox game, before they took on the Philadelphia Phillies, during an emotional opening ceremony on Tuesday. He was wheeled out to the mound by Carlos Arredondo, the Boston resident hailed as a hero after a photo surfaced from the day of the marathon attack that showed him running alongside an injured and bloodied Bauman.
Prior to the game Bauman spoke with radio hosts on WEEI and said throwing out the pitch was “going to be awesome,” adding that he was doing well in recovery, taking things one day at a time, and “doing great.”
This wasn’t the first memorable moment that Bauman has bestowed upon Boston since he survived the blasts. Earlier this month he was welcomed to the TD Garden during game two of a series between the Boston Bruins and the Maple Leafs. Prior to the puck dropping, Bauman came out on the ice and waved a “Boston Strong” flag in front of cheering spectators and sports fans.
Then there was the time during his hospital stay that Bauman got some special visitors in April. New England Patriots Wide Receiver Julian Edelman, and “Silver Linings Playbook” actor Bradley Cooper, made a stop into Boston to say hello to Bauman during his recovery, and snapped a photo with the 27-year-old.
And of course, how could we forget the time that Bauman wheeled himself into the hospital room of bombing victim Sydney Corcoran to deliver her a birthday present on her eighteenth birthday back in April? On the day that happened, Corcoran’s family wrote on their fundraising page that Bauman was a “sweetheart.”
“It was another day of momentum and healing as the incredible Jeff Bauman visited,” they said. “Very emotional and awesome experience for all involved.”