Iraq war veteran, amputee gets tryout with Detroit Tigers

Daniel Jacobs tries out for the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, Florida.

MLB.com

In 2006, Navy Petty Officer Daniel Jacobs lost his left leg from a roadside bomb in Iraq.

But this month, the 29-year-old was taking swings in a major league tryout camp in Lakeland, Florida.

As MLB.com's John Beck reported, Jacobs was among a throng of long shots at the tryout for the Detroit Tigers.

"Nine years ago, I was laying in a hospital bed in Bethesda, [Md.]," Jacobs told Beck. "I'm just blessed to be here. Any day you can get out and play baseball is a good day, right?"

Jacobs said his perseverance has served as inspiration for others. He said an 84-year-old amputee had sent him an email inquiring about prosthetics so he can play tennis again.

"I just feel that if I can get out here and play baseball and get my story out there, then it can reach out to somebody else," he said. "That's what it's all about for me."

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Navy Petty Officer Daniel Jacobs talks about his experiences in Iraq at the Comprehensive Combat Casualty Care Center at the Naval Medical Center, San Diego, on March 28, 2007, in San Diego.
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