MLB players visit Fort Bragg

Some soldiers and airmen at Fort Bragg traded their boots and guns for some baseballs and bats Thursday.
February 6, 2014 3:36:30 PM PST
Some soldiers and airmen at Fort Bragg traded their boots and guns for some baseballs and bats Thursday.

Major League Baseball stars from the past and present paid the post a visit.

Retired pitcher Chris Hammond remembers his trip to Afghanistan three years ago. It was that experience that made it a no-brainer for Hammond to be a part of this year's Spring Training to the Troops event on Fort Bragg.

"I asked the guys that were there. I said, 'We're praying for you guys.' And one guy stood up and he goes 'Don't pray for us. We signed up for this. Please pray for our families.'"

So the troops and their families were front and center as the Midnight Warriors took on the Bragging Rights -- each team was a mix of soldiers, airmen, and MLB players past and present.

"It's an awesome experience just knowing that they were there in the World Series, you know playing with all the big names and all that," said Pvt. Holmes.

The final score was Bragging Rights 9, Midnight Warriors 4.

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