Prior to Tuesday night's game between the Phillies and the Red Sox at Fenway Park, former pitcher Pedro Martinez was standing behind home plate talking to a few Red Sox fans, one of which was in a wheelchair.
That was Jeff Bauman, a Boston Marathon bombing victim who lost both legs in the bombing on April 15. He was pictured in a wheelchair the day of the bombings and was later known to be a Flyers fan. His rescuer Carlos Arredondo was next to him and ready to push him out onto the mound to be honored.
Bauman was set to throw out the ceremonial first pitch but first Martinez shared a few pitching tips with the 27-year old fan:
"As a lifelong Sox fan, I am so grateful for this unforgettable opportunity. 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," Bauman said in a statement.
Bauman resides in New Hampshire but his ties to Philadelphia come from his father and stepmother who are from Camden County.