07/06/2014 7:53 PM
This past weekend, the St. Joseph Mustangs celebrated Independence Day by honoring past and current members of the military.
This year’s team has family members that have served or are currently serving in a branch of the military.
Pitcher Austin Aspegren’s family has had several members. Both of Aspegren’s great-grandfathers and uncle served in the United States Army and his father currently serves in the United States Army Air Corp.
“It means a lot to me, it has taught me a lot of things. The military life will teach you a lot of good lessons,” Aspegren said. “I’m really grateful to be able to grow up around them and just to know that things could be a lot worse for us. We can never repay them for what they have done for us.”
Infielder Josh Cassidy’s grandfather also served in the Army.
“It’s a big deal to me because I’m honored to have someone that fought for my freedom and the fact that my granddad did that for me. It’s a great feeling,” Cassidy said.
Catcher Nick Sebastian’s parents both served for the U.S. Coast Guard. Sebastian’s mom is retired and his dad still serves.
“It’s great to see all the men and women be honored because I feel like people take everyday life for granted,” Sebastian said. “To see the men and women that sacrifice their way of life for us be recognized is a great feeling.”
Pitcher Trent Kinney’s brother currently serves in the U. S. Air Force and was able to take in a Mustangs game this past weekend.
“I’ve always looked up to him and it’s amazing to have an older brother like him,” Kinney said. “Since he now serves the country, it makes it that much better for me to look up to him and he’s my hero. It’s nice to be able to look up to someone.”
Infielder Evan McDonald’s grandfather served in the United States Navy.
“He would spend so much time and dedicate his life to protecting us and protecting what he believes in and the freedom that comes from being an American citizen,” McDonald said. “I think that’s something you can’t put a price on and you should look up to any military personnel for.”