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Marine injured in Afghanistan throws first pitch at World Series

October 26, 2012 | 10:23 am


Marine Cpl. Nicholas Kimmel, who lost both legs and his left arm in Afghanistan, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Thursday's World Series game in San Francisco: a strike.

Kimmel, flanked by Giants pitcher Barry Zito and Giants legend Willie Mays, threw out the pitch before the second Giants-Tigers game. Kimmel was a baseball star in high school before enlisting in the Marines. He was with the 9th Engineer Support Battalion, from Okinawa, Japan, when he was injured in Afghanistan in December.

He is now undergoing treatment at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

"It's like a dream," Kimmel told USA Today about Thursday's experience.


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Photo: Willie Mays, Cpl. Nicholas Kimmel, and Barry Zito before Thursday's World Series game. Credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press