Vets give Wilson perspective

Vets give Wilson perspective

WASHINGTON -- Blown saves don't seem to matter at Walter Reed Hospital. C.J. Wilson found that out on Friday morning.

First, there was the lady who just one week ago had been shot by sniper while serving over in Iraq.

"The bullet went in through her stomach and out through her back," Wilson said. "That was a week ago, and she was already up and moving around. She said she couldn't wait to get out of there and back over to Iraq."

Then there was another soldier who lost his legs in combat and was waiting to receive artificial legs.

"He was joking about it," Wilson said. "He said he could get them in any size. He said, 'I was 5-foot-8, now I could be 5-foot-11 if I wanted.'"

Wilson was one of a dozen or so Rangers players who visited Walter Reed Army Medical Center on Friday, meeting and talking with soldiers who have been wounded in Iraq. It turned out to be a worthwhile and moving experience for him.

"What surprised me is how positive the people were," Wilson said. "How guys who were wounded in battle were saying they wanted badly to get out of there and get back into action. There were also a couple of Yankees fans, but I tried to convert them.

"But it's just amazing the enthusiasm of these soldiers, how well they are taken care of in there and how motivated they are to serve their country. That's their job. I talked to a couple of them who have been in the service a long time and they all have goals they're trying to reach and it's cool to see how determined they are to reach those goals."

The visit for Wilson came less than 24 hours after he was unable to convert a save opportunity against the Braves on Thursday afternoon. That was forgotten on Friday.

"I blew a save, they were wounded in battle," Wilson said. "Blowing one save is not as catastrophic. ... I hate to break it to Rangers fans, but that's the way it is."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.