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Wounded warrior throws first pitch at Rays game

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There is no shortage of stars inside the Trop, but Monday night Sgt. Michael Nicholson shined as bright as the rest.

"I'm kind of overwhelmed right now. Never been on the field, a little overwhelmed," he said.

But Nicholson adjusted quickly to the spotlight, signing autographs, doing interviews and meeting with fans. The wounded warrior received a hero's welcome.

"It means a lot for the community to come out and support me," he said.

Sgt. Nicholson suffered severe injuries from an IED attack in 2011 while serving in Afghanistan. They may have slowed him down, but he's proving he can still move forward.

When it was his time to hit the mound, the fans hit their feet. With focus in his eyes, Sgt. Nicholson was on right the money -- a perfect strike.

"Words can't describe. It was awesome, felt great," he said.

A memory that'll last a lifetime, but he says this pitch had an even deeper meaning.

"I think it's a transition to the next chapter in my life. I'm excited for it," he said.

A page he's turning in front of thousands of cheering fans, and his favorite team -- who on this day showed they were fans of his.

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