Triple amputee vet to throw pitch at Rays game - WFLA News Channel 8

Triple amputee vet to throw pitch at Rays game

Posted: Updated:
Sgt. Michael Nicholson lost both legs and part of his arm in an IED attack in Afghanistan Sgt. Michael Nicholson lost both legs and part of his arm in an IED attack in Afghanistan
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

A Marine sergeant who lost both his legs and part of his right arm in Afghanistan will throw out the first pitch at Monday evening's Rays game.

Sgt. Michael Nicholson was injured on July 6, 2011 in an IED attack.  He was medically discharged from the Marines, and is waiting for a smart home to be build by the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Gary Sinise Foundation in South Tampa. 

Monday afternoon, Nicholson practiced throwing out pitches at his parents' Tampa home on Barcelona Street with George Siller, the Vice-Chair of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.  The foundation honors the memory of his brother, FDNY firefighter Stephen Siller, who died on 9/11 after running to Ground Zero through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel with 65 pounds of gear on his back.

Siller says the organization started as a 9/11 foundation, and then expanded after they built a smart home for a Staten Island Marine who'd lost all four limbs.

"We built him a smart home 'cause he was a local guy, and next thing you know, we said we gotta do this for all the guys, or as many as we can," said Siller.

Nicholson is looking forward to his new house.

"You can know going home that you're gonna be able to get in your house just fine, you know, after a long day at work, you can just go there, and know that everything there is made for you," he said.

In between practice pitches, Nicholson also had a message of comfort for people who lost limbs in the Boston Marathon bombings.

"It's gonna be tough at first but when you get down to it, the good days definitely outnumber the bad, as you get farther down the line," said Nicholson.

Sgt. Nicholson will throw out the first pitch of tonight's Rays-Yankees game at Tropicana Field at 7:00 PM.

Although Nicholson appreciates everything the New York-based Tunnel to Towers Foundation has done for him, he's still cheering for the Rays to beat the Yankees.

"Rays all the way!" said Nicholson.

New Tampa Bay Buccaneer Darrelle Revis will also throw a ceremonial first pitch before tonight's game.

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @WFLATAMPA

 

  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • Community reaches out to Spring Hill family after theft of lawn equipment

    Community reaches out to Spring Hill family after theft of lawn equipment

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 8:45 AM EDT2014-09-02 12:45:21 GMT
    Michael Depace wants to say "thank you" and give a huge hug to everyone that reached out after a thief stole $3,500 worth of lawn equipment from him.
    Michael Depace wants to say "thank you" and give a huge hug to everyone that reached out after a thief stole $3,500 worth of lawn equipment from him.
  • FL vehicle registration renewal fees drop

    FL vehicle registration renewal fees drop

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:48 AM EDT2014-09-01 15:48:49 GMT
    That little gift you get from the state on your birthday every year, to renew your car tag, is going to be cheaper starting Monday.  The cut will save drivers about $13 to $25 depending on the size of their vehicle.
    That little gift you get from the state on your birthday every year, to renew your car tag, is going to be cheaper starting Monday.  The cut will save drivers about $13 to $25 depending on the size of their vehicle.
  • Mold takes over St. Pete condo, creeps into neighbors' homes

    Mold takes over St. Pete condo, creeps into neighbors' homes

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:48:06 GMT
    Josephine Ramos is literally sick about the toxic black mold growing in the St. Petersburg condominium beside hers. She's been feeling ill for months with headaches and breathing problems. Recently, she had peak inside the condo next doors and couldn't believe her eyes.
    Josephine Ramos is literally sick about the toxic black mold growing in the St. Petersburg condominium beside hers. She's been feeling ill for months with headaches and breathing problems. Recently, she had peak inside the condo next doors and couldn't believe her eyes.
  • NewsMore>>

  • It's official: Falcon's Fury at Busch Gardens Tampa is open

    It's official: Falcon's Fury at Busch Gardens Tampa is open

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 12:45 PM EDT2014-09-02 16:45:53 GMT
    Busch Gardens Tampa holds test rides on Falcon's Fury for employees (Courtesy Facebook)Busch Gardens Tampa holds test rides on Falcon's Fury for employees (Courtesy Facebook)
    After weeks of thrilling lucky guests during a soft open, North America's tallest freestanding drop tower, Falcon's Fury, officially opens Tuesday at Busch Gardens Tampa.
    After weeks of thrilling lucky guests during a soft open, North America's tallest freestanding drop tower, Falcon's Fury, officially opens Tuesday at Busch Gardens Tampa.
  • Renewals may see delays on first day in Tampa Bay area

    Renewals may see delays on first day in Tampa Bay area

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-09-02 16:39:19 GMT
    Some Florida drivers trying to take advantage of lower fees for auto tag renewals today may encounter some delays in getting their renewals processed. At the Hillsborough County Tax Collector's office, the director of branch operations said they started having trouble around 11 am, but the state's system for processing renewals appeared to be slowly coming back up.
    Some Florida drivers trying to take advantage of lower fees for auto tag renewals today may encounter some delays in getting their renewals processed. At the Hillsborough County Tax Collector's office, the director of branch operations said they started having trouble around 11 am, but the state's system for processing renewals appeared to be slowly coming back up.
  • Know this pup? Dog found by St. Pete police

    Know this pup? Dog found by St. Pete police

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 11:50 AM EDT2014-09-02 15:50:59 GMT
    St. Petersburg Police are trying to find the owner of a friendly, brown dog that approached an officer Tuesday morning.
    St. Petersburg Police are trying to find the owner of a friendly, brown dog that approached an officer Tuesday morning.
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Bubba 'The Love Sponge' to announce new Tampa gig

    Bubba 'The Love Sponge' to announce new Tampa gig

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:09 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:09:07 GMT
    File photo of Bubba the Love Sponge ClemFile photo of Bubba the Love Sponge Clem
    Bubba "The Love Sponge" announced on his Twitter page Monday that he will soon have a new Tampa home.
    Bubba "The Love Sponge" announced on his Twitter page Monday that he will soon have a new Tampa home.
  • Teen accused of killing, dismembering mother's body

    Teen accused of killing, dismembering mother's body

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:48 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:48:37 GMT
    Tyrese LandrumTyrese Landrum
    A Lee County teenager is behind bars, accused of killing his own mother and hiding her body parts around the home.
    A Lee County teenager is behind bars, accused of killing his own mother and hiding her body parts around the home.
  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: August 18 - 23

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: August 18 - 23

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:58 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:58:28 GMT
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants?
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants?
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.