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Rangers' 'Tribute for Heroes' representative announced

Rangers' 'Tribute for Heroes' representative announced

Rangers' 'Tribute for Heroes' representative announced

BALTIMORE -- Zach Briseno of the United States Marines has been selected by fans to represent the Rangers during Major League Baseball's "Tribute For Heroes" before the 2013 All-Star Game on Tuesday at Citi Field in New York.


While on patrol in Fallujah, Iraq, Briseno's convoy was hit by an IED. The explosive blew a hole in the floorboard, mangling his legs and right arm. Within two days, the Marine went from Iraq to Germany to Maryland and became a double amputee. The Fort Worth native was awarded a Purple Heart and citation and was also nominated for the American Patriot Award by Operation Military Embrace President Jerry Reed.

Briseno will join one winner representing each of the 30 MLB clubs to be included in All-Star Week festivities (private tour of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, a VIP reception on the Intrepid, All-Star Red Carpet Show Presented by Chevrolet, Chevrolet Home Run Derby). The winners also will attend and be honored during the pregame ceremony leading up to the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field July 16th on FOX beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET (6:30 p.m. CT).

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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