CLEVELAND–A retired police officer, who was struck by a drunk driver seven years ago, got to experience his field of dreams at Progressive Field Monday afternoon.
Cory Winfield finally got his chance to watch the Indians batting practice right from the dugout.
“Awesome. It’s the highlight of my life,” Winfield said.
In 2007, Winfield was struck by a drunk driver while he was riding his motorcycle back from Marion near Columbus. He suffered a traumatic brain injury and a broken pelvis.
“Because his brain swelling was so bad, they had to remove his frontal bone flap for a while, so we spent a total of about three and a half months in hospitals down in Columbus,” said Cory’s wife, Lindsey.
As Cory watched batting practice, some of his favorite players greeted him and signed his baseball. The Huron couple said they couldn’t be happier.
“He said that he was on cloud nine earlier when he was sitting down there for a split second, so just to take it all in and see his favorite players, it’s really something really amazing,” Lindsey said.
The Cleveland Indians became aware of Cory’s passion for the game, so they invited him down to Progressive Field for Monday night’s game against the Detroit Tigers.
“We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take care of him and give him the experience of a lifetime here with the Indians,” said Jason Kidik, Indians assistant director, in-game experience operations.
Besides his love for baseball, Winfield and his wife speak at driver intervention programs three times a month, where they discuss the dangers of drunk driving and consequences it can cause.