A truly inspiring tale of perseverance is playing out much like a Hollywood script in the city of angels.
Former Iraq veteran Daniel ‘Doc’ Jacobs has two main goals in life: to serve his country and second to play Major League Baseball–check both off.
The Huffington Post has reported the 27-year-old’s story of being one of 80 hopefuls at Dodgers Camelback Ranch training field on Thursday. Jacobs was told by former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda to try out and he did so.
Jacobs was hurt from an improvised explosive device back in 2006 and since then has undergone more than 50 surgeries, and has lost left leg below the knee in the process. The pitching prospect had this message
“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,”
“I’m here to combat the suicide rate, homicide rate, divorce rate statistics. I just want to get out there and prove to America there are awesome disabled veterans out there and we are making a stand against that.”