Guardsman pitches recovery at Twins game
Sep 4, 2015Public
Photo: Maj. John Donovan poses with his wife, Leann, before throwing out the first pitch at Target Field on Sept. 1, 2015. Donovan celebrated in the pregame pageantry on behalf of Minnesota Recovery Connection to kick off National Recovery Month, which aims to raise awareness of the support services available to help people overcome drug and alcohol addiction. Minnesota National Guard photo by Army Staff Sgt. Patrick Loch/ Released
Photo: Before throwing out the first pitch at Target Field on Sept. 1, 2015, Maj. John Donovan addresses the pregame crowd on behalf of Minnesota Recovery Connection. Minnesota Recovery Connection annually invites members of the recovery community to a gathering at Target Field to celebrate their recovery from addiction and raise awareness of National Recovery Month. Minnesota National Guard photo by Army Staff Sgt. Patrick Loch/ Released
Photo: Before throwing out the first pitch at Target Field on Sept. 1, 2015, Maj. John Donovan addresses the pregame crowd on behalf of Minnesota Recovery Connection. Minnesota Recovery Connection annually invites members of the recovery community to a gathering at Target Field to celebrate their recovery from addiction and raise awareness of National Recovery Month. Minnesota National Guard photo by Army Staff Sgt. Patrick Loch/ Released
Photo: Before throwing out the first pitch at Target Field on Sept. 1, 2015, Maj. John Donovan addresses the pregame crowd on behalf of Minnesota Recovery Connection. Minnesota Recovery Connection annually invites members of the recovery community to a gathering at Target Field to celebrate their recovery from addiction and raise awareness of National Recovery Month. Minnesota National Guard photo by Army Staff Sgt. Patrick Loch/ Released
Photo: Maj. John Donovan shakes off the sign from T.C. Bear as he prepares to throw the first pitch at Target Field on Sept. 1, 2015. Donovan celebrated in the pregame pageantry on behalf of Minnesota Recovery Connection to kick off National Recovery Month, which aims to raise awareness of the support services available to help people overcome drug and alcohol addiction. Minnesota National Guard photo by Army Staff Sgt. Patrick Loch/ Released
Photo: Maj. John Donovan lets loose the first pitch at Target Field on Sept. 1, 2015. “Walking out to the mound I was very nervous thinking about all the eyes in the stadium looking at me,” said Donovan. “We've all seen videos of ceremonial pitches that have gone awry and I didn't want my pitch to end up on some YouTube bloopers reel.” Minnesota National Guard photo by Army Staff Sgt. Patrick Loch/ Released
Photo: Maj. John Donovan poses with T.C. Bear following a first-pitch strike at Target Field on Sept. 1, 2015. “When I got to the mound all my nervousness just slipped away,” said Donovan. “I focused on the catcher's mitt and getting the baseball to hit that. Then I wound-up, delivered and the ball landed squarely in T.C.'s glove. He didn't have to move from his crouch to catch it – I threw a strike.” Minnesota National Guard photo by Army Staff Sgt. Patrick Loch/ Released