The Seattle Mariners honored Puyallup Tribal Veterans July 31 during a pre-game ceremony on the field. Tribal Veteran Rodney Sisson was given the chance to throw the first pitch, which sailed straight through the strike zone. “That was definitely one of the coolest things I’ve ever done,” he said. “It was surreal, hanging out with my veteran buddies on the field.”
As the first minority group to be honored in such a way by the Mariners, the opportunity meant a great deal to all Puyallup Tribal veterans, he added. “It was such a privilege to be honored by the Mariners,” Sisson said.
Tribal veteran Jose Landry carried the Eagle Staff onto the field, dressed in his traditional regalia, which was a special moment for Veteran Committee Chairman Milton Guenther.
“The recognition we received that night meant so much to us as Native Americans as well as veterans,” he said.
The veterans had a chance to pose for photos with Mariners Manager Eric Wedge before touring through the team’s interview room where press conferences typically take place.
“So much has happened since I joined the committee in 2003, and to know that we were invited onto the field during a game played on national TV was incredible,” Guenther added.