Boston Marathon bombing survivor and his hero throw out simultaneous first pitches at Red Sox game

Mike Oz
May 29, 2013

Boston Strong, they say. And this was a pretty good example.

Jeff Bauman, six weeks after losing both his legs in the Boston Marathon bombings, was wheeled onto the Fenway Park infield by Carlos Arrendondo, the man who rescued him on that fateful day. As the crowd cheered for them, Bauman gave a thumbs up and pointed to people, a big grin on his face. He was cheering for his girlfriend at the marathon finish line when one of the bombs went off. He later helped identify the bombing suspects.

Arrendondo wore a cowboy hat, like the one he was wearing when he scooped up Bauman moments after one explosion, put him into a wheelchair and helped him to safety. You've probably seen that picture, and will probably see it for years to come.

Together again, this time for a good reason, Bauman and Arrendondo threw out simultanous first pitches before Tuesday's Red Sox game against the Philadelphia Phillies. Bauman even counted down to make sure they both threw the ball at the same time. After all, Arrendondo was the reason they both were there.

Both men were welcomed as heroes at Fenway. They met Pedro Martinez and threw their pitches to Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and David Ortiz. Saltalamacchia gave Bauman a hug after his pitch. Bauman, 27, called his own pitch a strike — and it looked pretty good.

Previously, Jeff Bauman was a banner captain at a Boston Bruins game, waving a "Boston Strong" flag right before a playoff game.

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