SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Former Major League Baseball (MLB) players visited with Sailors aboard amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) Dec. 9.
Daniel Plesac and Ryan Dempster, now MLB network analysts, received a tour of America from Capt. Robert A. Hall Jr., commanding officer, before meeting with Sailors on the flight deck.
"This has been one of the most moving experiences of my life," said Plesac. "I had no idea what Navy life was like, and to see all the hard work that goes on daily aboard this ship is simply amazing."
The former MLB stars held a pitching demonstration and played catch with Sailors on the ship's flight deck.
"It was a great experience to throw and catch with a major league baseball player and something that I never thought I would do," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Isaac Morelli.
After the pitching demonstration, Plesac and Dempster signed autographs, took pictures and passed out MLB memorabilia to the Sailors on board.
"This was an opportunity that you normally don't get," said Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st Class Anderson Castrillon. "It was great that they took the time out of their schedule to come and see what we do, while thanking and showing their support for us."
America is the first ship of its class, replacing the Tawara-class of amphibious assault ships. As the next generation "big-deck" amphibious ship, America is optimized for aviation, capable of supporting current and future aircraft such as the tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey and F-35B Joint Strike Fighter.