Pitcher Jake Peavy hosted 10 war veterans at the White Sox clubhouse prior to Monday’s game against the Rockies. His friend Marine Staff Sergeant Christopher Hill, an Iraq War veteran who experienced severe post-traumatic stress disorder, inspired Peavy to hold the event.
“Me and Chris Hill have a bond like no other. I get teary eyed just thinking about what he’s been through and who he is now,” said Peavy in an article on the Chicago White Sox website. “To be a friend to him through that, it’s life-changing for me.”
After attending the game, there was a dinner and a private concert for the group Monday night. They got to meet and get autographs from players such as Paul Konerko, Gordon Beckham and Adam Dunn, as well as with manager Robin Ventura.
“To be able to say thank you in a small way and just getting them out of their hospitals, getting them out of their rehab facilities,” Peavy told ESPN.com. “I can go on and on telling you stories about some of the men that were in here and it would break your heart but make you smile at the same time.”