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Bucs' Revis, injured vet throw out first pitch at Rays game


Published:   |   Updated: April 23, 2013 at 09:30 AM

New Bucs cornerback Darrelle Revis threw out a first pitch Monday before the New York Yankees played the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field., but the biggest hand was saved for a triple-amputee who followed Revis to the mound and also threw out a first pitch.

Revis got a big cheer from the crowd as he approached the mound and after his throw, which made it to the catcher.

Earlier, the four-time Pro Bowl cornerback for the N.Y. Jets signed a six-year, $96 million contract with the Bucs. Tampa Bay gave up its first-round draft pick this year – the No. 13 overall pick – and a fourth-round pick next year that turns into a third-rounder if Revis is on Tampa Bay's roster three days into the 2014 league year.

The crowd then cheered loudly as Sgt. Michael Nicholson, of South Tampa, threw out the second ceremonial pitch.

Nicholson was a Marine sergeant who was recently medically retired. He lost both legs and his left arm in an improvised explosive device attack on July 6, 2011, while serving in Afghanistan.

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