BOSTON - In a few days, Jeff Bauman expects to be fitted for prosthetic legs to replace the ones he lost in the Boston Marathon bombing last month.
For now, Bauman is still being carried by the "Boston Strong" spirit he has come to epitomize. Bauman, who spent part of his childhood in Philadelphia, threw out a ceremonial first pitch before Tuesday night's game between the Phillies and Red Sox at Fenway Park. He was joined by Carlos Arredondo, the man whose quick actions on Boylston Street likely saved the 27-year-old Bauman's life.
Arredondo was immediately recognizable because of the cowboy hat he wore on the field and on the day of the bombing. Bauman looked healthy, vibrant, and energetic. He played to the crowd, waving for applause, pointing toward Arredondo, and then firing an impressive strike to Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Earlier, in an interview on Boston's WEEI radio, Bauman said he had requested Saltalamacchia.
"He'll make me look good," Bauman said on the radio. "He'll frame it."
"As a lifelong Sox fan, I am so grateful for this unforgettable opportunity," Bauman, who was not available to the media, said in a statement. "I can't think of any other place that symbolizes Boston's strength, perseverance, and heart more than Fenway, and I am so proud to now be a part of its history."
- Phil Sheridan