WATCH: Iraq Veteran Surprised with Brand New Truck After Throwing First Pitch at Houston Astros Game

by Joe Rutland
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If this video doesn’t get to you as an Outsider, then get your pulse checked. The Houston Astros baseball team surprise an Iraq war veteran.

A lot of professional baseball teams will allow people to either be honored or throw out the first pitch. In this case, Iraq war veteran U.S. Army Specialist Patrick Davis received the keys to a new Chevrolet truck. It caught him totally off-guard in a wonderful, tender way.

Davis was attending a Houston Astros game. It happened to be on Houston-area Chevrolet dealers’ “Military Appreciation Night.”

Houston Astros Fans Show Their Support For Military Veteran

As you can see in this report from Houston’s CBS affiliate KHOU-TV, Davis thought he was just being honored. He did throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Houston Astros played their baseball game at Minute Maid Park.

Fans attending the Houston Astros game were asked to turn their attention toward the third-base dugout where Davis was standing.

He’s surrounded by some Astros employees as well as the Houston area Chevrolet dealer who handed over the “key” to his new truck.

Take a look at how this American serviceman was honored recently at a Houston Astros baseball game.

Talk about honoring those who serve the United States in the military. Say what you will about the Houston Astros, but Outsiders feel a sense of pride when seeing a member of the U.S. military being honored.

Thank you, Army Specialist Patrick Davis, for your service to your country. Baseball fans stand up and tip their caps in your direction.

Baseball, Country Music Cross Paths In The Life Of Tim McGraw

Speaking of baseball, country music fans know a lot about superstar Tim McGraw. They also probably know that his father was late New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Tug McGraw. Tug pitched against the Houston Astros but never played for them in his career.

But there were bumpy roads to Tug accepting Tim as his son.

Tim McGraw grew up in Start, La., believing he was the son of truck driver Horace Smith. Before Smith and McGraw’s mother divorced, he instilled a love of country music in the young boy. McGraw found his birth certificate in his mother’s closet as an 11-year-old boy. There was a section marked out mentioning a baseball-playing father. He called his mother, who revealed that Tug, now a Philadelphia Phillies pitcher, was actually his father.

Tug McGraw, after a phone call from Betty, agreed to meet with Tim. He went years before admitting Tim was his son. Tim wanted to go to college, so Betty, his mother, wanted Tug to pay for it. Tug insisted on a paternity test. But when Tug saw his now nearly-grown son walk toward him, he knew there was no doubt he was his father.

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