A Navy veteran who lost his leg in Iraq – and went on to try out for several Major League teams -- threw out the first pitch in Tuesday’s San Diego Padres game.
Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Daniel “Doc” Jacobs will take the mound shortly before the 7:10 p.m. Padres-Astros game at Petco Park.
A Scripps Ranch resident, Jacobs has said his passion for baseball led him to try out for several MLB teams, including the Dodgers, the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers.
This came despite losing his leg below the knee, three fingers on his left hand and two toes on his right foot in the Iraq War in 2006.
When he had tried out for the Dodgers in 2013, Jacobs told the Long Beach Press Telegram that he intended to make a statement.
"It's all about the experience, and letting America and these guys know that not all disabled veterans are going to be a statistic in the news," he told the newspaper.
Jacobs has continued to try out for MLB teams over the years, including this year's spring training, and Tuesday's first pitch is his latest time on a baseball field.