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Today, the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation announced the winners of the 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award and we’re proud to share that our own Jonathan Lucroy is included among the six recipients!
This year, in addition to Lucroy, the honorees are Hall-of-Famer George Brett, Chief Petty Officer Genell Cody, Staff Sergeant Rene Segura, USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), and HOPPER Information Services Center.
Jonathan Lucroy has supported our troops for many years. From his work with Fisher House Wisconsin, inviting wounded heroes to home games each month as his guest, to giving more than $20,000 in scholarships to military families, his unwavering support of the men and women in uniform is commendable. During the 2014 offseason, Lucroy also joined veterans on the Honor Flight, traveling with 41 WWII and Korean War Veterans to Washington D.C.
“I’m very grateful, honored and humbled to be recognized for my support. I appreciate the men and women who sacrifice their lives for our country,” Lucroy said.
The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award is an award named after the Hall of Fame pitcher who was the first Major League Baseball player to enlist in the United States Navy after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Feller served on missions in both the Pacific and the North Atlantic, and earned the rank of Chief Petty Officer along with six campaign ribbons and eight battle stars. When asked about the most important victory he had won, Feller famously replied without hesitation, “World War II.”
Lucroy was recognized as one of 15 finalists across Major League Baseball for the award, created by Peter Fertig, with the support of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial, the Cleveland Indians, the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, and the gracious consent of Mrs. Anne Feller, the San Diego Padres, and the family of Jerry Coleman.
“It is truly inspiring to watch these players within Major League Baseball honor our U.S. Military and those who serve proudly today,” said Fertig.
Our thanks to Jonathan and all who support the actions, values and dedication of our servicemen and women. Lucroy is scheduled to be joined by the other honorees in Washington, D.C. on November 4.
To learn more about the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award, please visit actofvaloraward.org.
Today while I was at the Cactus League home opener at Maryvale, I caught up with Pete Gourlie, the Brewers Fan Cave fandidate who made it to the Top 30 thanks in large part to your votes!
Pete has been down here since Monday when he and the other 29 finalists invaded Arizona and were put through the wringer by top MLB execs and former players in the quest to whittle that number down to somewhere around 10 finalists who will be chosen to head to New York to start the season in the MLB Fan Cave.
Pete described the process to me and although quite fun, it also sounded quite grueling. After they all arrived on Monday evening,on Tuesday, they went to Chase Field where they were put through several rounds of interviews, including having to give a :60 elevator pitch about themselves.
I asked Pete what he did for his speech and he told me that he used layers of clothing to represent attributes about himself which make him the ideal fandidate:
- First Layer: Jackie Robinson jersey: Pete has the utmost respect for the heritage and history of the game, those who made the game great.
- Second Layer: Fan Cave t-shirt: This, Pete hopes, represents his future.
- Third Layer: Ryan Braun Jersey, autographed by many members of the team, obtained through Pete’s diligence: This represents Pete’s tenacity and determination–and each autograph has its own story behind it.
- Fourth Layer: Corey Hart Condor t-shirt: Pete and his fellow Super Fans have given Corey Hart the nickname of the Condor and have even made shirts to that effect. This shows his creativity.
- Final Layer: Super Fan Tattoo: If you couldn’t already tell that Pete is indeed a Super Fan, his arm will do it for you:
Pete’s speech impressed me, let’s hope it also impressed the judges! After that, the fandidates had fun creating a Les Miserables parody video:
On Wednesday, Pete found himself in Surprise, the Spring Training home of the Kansas City Royals where he had a run-in with George Brett.
“This has all just been surreal,” Pete told me. “I just really appreciate everything that’s happened to me. I feel great about the whole process. I was true to myself and I’m feeling good about it, that they’ll really consider me.”
Although his Fan Cave auditions are over for now, Pete will remain down here in Arizona through next weekend for his annual Spring Training trip.
He said he’s going to try to relax and not think too much about it now, since it is out of his hands.
I sure hope we have a Brewers Fan Cave correspondent this year and I’m sure you do, too, so let’s keep our fingers crossed for Pete; we’re not sure exactly when the final selections will be made, but it’s likely to be within the next two weeks.