When you give your time, people will notice.
Two Major League Baseball players who have gone on USO tours were named finalists for this year’s Bob Feller Act of Valor Award. Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche and Cleveland Indians first baseman Nick Swisher are among the six players to make the list. The award will be presented on Veterans Day (Nov. 11) at the Navy Memorial in Washington.
LaRoche — a former Gold Glove and Silver Slugger winner — visited troops downrange in December as part of the 2013 USO Chairman’s Holiday Tour.
Swisher and his wife — actress JoAnna Garcia Swisher — celebrated their honeymoon with a USO tour to Afghanistan over Thanksgiving in 2011.
“We aren’t their family,” Swisher told the New York Daily News after the trip. “But for a quick bit maybe we could have been, especially over Thanksgiving.”
Baltimore Orioles pitcher Darren O’Day — who has hosted USO Barbecue for the Troops events each of the last two years with his wife, Fox News reporter Elizabeth Prann — was among 11 nominees for the award but was not selected as a finalist.