There’s an inspiring story coming out of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ spring training in Glendale, Arizona. Former manager Tommy Lasorda helped to facilitate a tryout for Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Daniel “Doc” Jacobs, who lost part of his leg in a 2006 bombing in Iraq.
Jacobs was among more than 80 hopefuls at the tryout. Jacobs has also made headlines by becoming the first amputee to be declared fit to return to active duty.
Jacobs, who before his military service was a talented baseball player, had to endure more than 50 surgeries, and also suffered injuries to his foot and hand.
There was a point that he was trying to make by showing up to the tryout.
“It’s a dream come true, but my bigger mission is to show America that wounded veterans are still here and we’re not going to lay down and be a statistic,” he said.