Wounded Warriors Practice With Pros

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Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 1:08pm

MLB stars Johnny Damon and AJ Pierzynski work out with the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team.

Sports heroes worked out with some men who define the word "hero" at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World on Wednesday.

It's an all-amputee softball team made up of soldiers and Marines.

MLB stars Johnny Damon and AJ Pierzynski signed a few autographs and then worked out with the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team on Wednesday morning.

The team is at the complex for a couple of exhibitions against the U.S. Women's Olympic Softball Team on Friday and Saturday. Wednesday's practice was just for fun.

Matt Kinsey stepped on a landmine in Afghanistan in June 2010.

One of his teammates, Josh Wege, lost both of his legs when his vehicle rolled over a roadside bomb.

Even though it was the Warriors who were collecting autographs on Wednesday, it was a toss-up over who was most impressed with meeting each other.

"I feel strong about the U.S. and I feel strong about our military," Damon said.

"It shows the respect they have for us and of course, what we have for them," Kinsey said.

"For me, it's not just courage, it's pride and thankfulness for what they've given and what they've done," said Pierzynski.

"You get to see them face-to-face and actually hold a conversation with them. It means the world," Wege said.

The Wounded Warriors travel around the country playing exhibitions to drive home the point of their dedication and the spirit of our men and women in the military.

"Anything's possible. You go through an amputation and you wonder if you'll ever be able to walk again, let alone be able to come out and play softball," Kinsey said.

"Don't be afraid to take that chance because you'll regret if you don't," Wege said.
 

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