People helping people: Wanting only a handshake gets whole USA team

RED White And Blue true

American flag with eagle
American flag with eagle

In a quiet area of Florida the American flag carrying some extra good vibes today. This American flag traveled around the world and through the deserts of Afghanistan and Iraq. 27 year old Sgt. Felix Perez brought it from home as a reminder of what he was fighting for and for good luck. His flag never left his Army backpack through every mission he carried it- a little part of the homeland he loves.
When Sgt.Perez came home he went to the Dolphin Stadium on March 17, 2009. He wanted to bring something lucky with him to help Team USA win this must-win World Baseball Classic game against Puerto Rico. Perez wore a Team USA hat and a Team USA hoodie, and his little sister, Jessica, draped his flag across her shoulders. The United States’ 6-5 come-from-behind victory in the ninth inning sent them into a frenzy. She danced around. He sat in his motorized wheelchair and roared.

It was such a sweet victory maybe his flag and therir outfits helped. On the way out of the stadium, Perez placed his flag in his lap and leaned over to a security guard manning Gate G. He was hoping maybe just maybe a player, some players dare he hope that some players from Team USA might sign it.? The security guard led Perez and his sister to the U.S. clubhouse. They waited while our American flag went inside.

“The next thing I know,” Perez said, “I’m getting called to come back in there.”

And so began the coolest 30 minutes of Felix Perez’s life to date. On an evening when he felt especially proud to be an America, his favorite team the undogs of the sporting event, but his sporting heroes, dressed in red, white and blue invited Perez in. There he found himself surrounded by them, doused with celebratory Miller Lites, with the American flag that was with him during the worst moment of his life passed around the room and signed by every player on the team.

This very special American flag now carried the collective thanks and admiration from his team and all of us in USA that are proud to be an American.

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Red, white and blue, through and through– Jeff Passan, Yahoo! Sports
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