As if he isn’t already enjoying his time in the majors, White Sox pitcher Scott Carroll has even more reason to take stock of his good fortunes on Memorial Day.
Both the rookie’s father, Steve Carroll, and uncle, Allan Carroll, served together in Vietnam.
Carroll’s dad still suffers from his time at war as he was exposed to Agent Orange and recently had eye surgery. In the majors for the first time in his career, Carroll, 29, got to share the experience with his dad last month. Not that it takes the holiday for him to know, but Carroll realizes just how fortunate he is.
“It kind of re-emphasizes how lucky and thankful and blessed we are to do what we do for a living,” Carroll said. “Not just my family, but a lot of people’s families for what they sacrificed for us to be here. I think we can’t take for granted what we have. That’s why I’m just trying to enjoy each day up here and just soak it all in and hopefully we can try and portray that on the field with how we appreciate all the support and what they did for us.”
Daniel Webb’s grandfather on his mother’s side, Earnest Sea, was 17 when he enlisted in the Army as a private. Webb isn’t certain but the rumor is Sea turned 18 en route to Europe, where he was awarded a Purple Heart. Webb’s other grandfather, Champ Webb, also earned a Purple Heart for his actions as an Army Ranger in Europe.
Webb said that his family used to gather for reunions in Southern Illinois every year to reflect.
“It’s an awesome day to sit back and think about the sacrifices people have made and are still making for us,” Webb said. “America wouldn’t be what it is if it wasn’t for those people.”
Adam Eaton’s pretty sure he wouldn’t be what he is it not for his family members, many of whom served. His mother served in the Army, his dad was in the Air Force, which his brother currently serves in. Both of grandparents on his mother’s side also served and his grandfather on his dad’s side did, too.
“I’m the weird one in the family who’s not in the service,” Eaton said.