Memorial Day touches hearts of Giants

Memorial Day touches hearts of Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Monday's ceremonial first pitch before the Giants faced the D-backs was thrown by Corporal Nick Kimmel, a 21-year-old triple amputee who had multiple scholarship offers to play baseball, but joined the Marines instead. Kimmel lost both his legs and an arm when he stepped on an explosive device in 2011 while serving in Afghanistan.

To commemorate Memorial Day, the Giants also had a flyover before the game, as well as donning specialized hats that featured a camouflage-colored logo.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy grew up in a military family, being born in France where his father was stationed as a U.S. Army officer, making Monday's holiday that much more significant.

"Growing up on a base, it's obviously got deep meaning," Bochy said. "I'll be thinking about my father, who is no longer living, and all those who have served and fallen while protecting our country."

Supporting the troops has been a special cause for Giants pitcher Barry Zito, who started Monday's game against Arizona. Zito created the charity Strikeouts for Troops.

"It's going to get emotional out there, I'm sure, for [Zito]," Bochy said.