CHICAGO – A Sailor assigned to the guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) was honored as the Chicago White Sox “Hero of the Game” during the team’s home game against the San Diego Padres at U.S. Cellular Field, May 31.
Culinary Specialist 1st Class Jeremy Domagalski, a native of Chicago, was home on his first day of leave when his family surprised him with the prestigious honor.
“It was all a surprise to me,” said Domagalski. “This was all planned by my family and the Chicago White Sox ball club and I was told I was to be honored by my family the day of my arrival too my hometown.
Domagalski said that without his knowledge his family had nominated him for the honor and had worked with the team to set up the event. The team also reserved an entire section of seats for his family to attend.
As the honoree of the game, he received a standing ovation by everyone in the stadium while the announcer gave a brief overview of his military career including one year in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduing Freedom.
“Not only did I get to shake hands with all the players from both teams, but I was escorted back to my seat from the field while everyone was still applauding my service recognition,” said Domagalski.
The Chicago White Sox have been honoring an active duty service member or veteran as the “Hero of the Game” for several years at each of their home games during the regular season.
“It was truly an honor and I was blessed that the Chicago White Sox would dedicate and honor this game in my name,” said Domagalski. “Many others just like me deserve this kind of appreciation, and I hope this inspires others to do the same.”