The faces of 52-year-old Carlos Arredondo and 27-year-old Jeff Bauman are two of the most recognizable from the tragedy that took place at the Boston Marathon on April 15. On Tuesday night, the two national heroes were invited to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park.
Forget about the fact that Bauman somehow slung in a perfect strike despite the fact that he lost his legs a little over a month ago, which was incredible by the way. What amazes me is that he is able to smile and enjoy himself after living through that type of trauma.
Bauman was one of the people who helped identify the bombing suspects, and he did so almost immediately after waking up from surgery. Arredondo, who lost one of his sons in the war in Iraq and the other to suicide, saved Bauman’s life by clamping his artery shut with his hand to stop him from bleeding to death. These two men are heroes in every sense of the word, and it’s great to see the smiles on their faces and the friendship they have developed. Truly inspiring.