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4th of July Special for Springfield Cardinals Pitcher

SPRINGFIELD, Mo--Friday night the Springfield Cardinals will be on the road in Corpus Christi. And for one Cardinals relief pitcher, there is nothing better than playing America's past time on the nation's holiday.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo--Friday night the Springfield Cardinals will be on the road in Corpus Christi.
And for one Cardinals relief pitcher, there is nothing better than playing America's past time on the nation's holiday.

For the Springfield Cardinals relief pitcher Mitch Harris, this 4th of July means a little bit more than another baseball game.

"I came from a small town no one in my family was in the military. Coming from a small town you don't have to no whole lot of people in the military," said Mitch Harris.

After high school Harris played college baseball for the United States Naval Academy.
"I was recruited out of high school to play there," Harris says.  "I didn't really know what I was getting into and then once I got there and really got an understanding of what the military was all about and the brotherhood behind it and the honor and the pleasure of serving for your country. It's something you hold real close to you."

St. Louis knew Harris had a naval commitment but still selected him in the 13th round of the 2008 draft.

Traditionally Naval grads have to serve their country for 5 years but after 4 years and 9 months that included two deployments to the Persian Gulf, Harris was let go by the Navy three months early to pursue a different dream.

"This is a dream that any kid growing up playing baseball has since the time he started throwing the ball and swinging the bat so to be able to finish out what I owed to the Navy and then come back and do my first dream is something I can't really put into words," said Harris.

So on this 4th of July, take a moment to recognize the service of the military vets like Mitch Harris.
Because that's what the holiday is all about.

"I can remember my first fourth of July away, we were sitting off the coast of Jordan and we actually had our own fireworks doing our own fireworks to look back at those memories and to think about the guys and girls that are away from family. Just be thankful that we get to do this as a game and a career now. It just always helps to realize that hey you not are always guaranteed the next day and take nothing for granted," said Harris.

So while Harris now wears the Cardinals on his chest it's the U.S. that's in his heart.


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