MIAMI BEACH (CBS4) – It’s time to play ball, and that’s just what the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team is doing when they go up against the Miami Beach Fire Department and Miami Beach Police Department, beginning Friday.
The team made up of young, athletic veterans and active duty soldiers who have lost limbs following 9/11 is here in South Florida for a few games. Their common bond: Everyone is a war veteran who sacrificed themselves in Iraq or Afghanistan.
The first game will be at Flamingo Park in Miami Beach at 8 p.m. Friday
On Friday morning, the team practiced at Flamingo Park.
Saul Bosquez, former college baseball player, resided over third base for the team.
“I was in a hum b when I got hurt,” he said. “It hit our vehicle and took out my leg.”
More than $2 million in prosthetics helps these players step up to bat.
“We don’t stop,” Bosquez said. “I mean, we’ve had quiet a few come back wins. There’s times when we’ve been down 10 or 12 rounds…came back tied it up and won the game.”
One game wasn’t good enough for the team, so the City of Miami Beach, City of Miami, City of Hialeah, and Miami Dade Police Departments as well as Miami Beach Fire Department will be competing for the “HONOR” to play against the WWAST.
“I don’t think we’ve can do enough for the sacrifices that these young men have made,” chief Ray Martinez with the MBPD said.
They are sacrifices the men said they wouldn’t take back, just one day after the war in Iraq ended.
“If you asked any guy they wouldn’t have any regret on what they did and what had happened,” Bosquez said. “I guarantee every single guy would go back in a heart beat if we needed to or if the country needed us.”
In the meantime, the team will be back at Flamingo Park at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. The opposing team is yet to be announced.
But come 8 p.m. Saturday, they’re taking on the Miami Beach Police Department.