Ron DeSantis quotes Bob Feller in Iowa campaign speech


Ron DeSantis Calls are being made to the bullpen, demanding clarification on what his presidential bid means.

At campaign stop in Ankeny, Iowa, Republican presidential candidate quotes former pitcher Bob Fellerwho happens to be from the Hawkeye State.

Tour stops sponsored by DeSantis Alliance never back down The super PAC, Florida governor (and former amateur baseball player himself) recalled a chance encounter with the former pitcher in his youth.

“I was about 10 years old. My dad came to me and he said, hey, you know, there’s a guy signing autographs and he’s a famous baseball player at the local Firestone tire store,” DeSantis recalled.

“So I went as a kid and… paid $10 to get an autograph. It was like a picture of him and he signed it for me,” DeSantis said.

The governor noted, “One of the things Bob Feller did when World War II happened was he was in the prime of his pitching career.”

“Yet, he served right after Pearl Harbor and he put his hand up,” DeSantis noted, even though he could have continued “playing sports as entertainment for all the other service members.”

“Bob Feller wouldn’t do that. He said, ‘I’m going to fight, and you’re putting me in a fight.’ So he built machine guns on Navy ships in the Pacific and did all this stuff. I thought about that, too. a little.”

“I think, you know, this is a guy who didn’t have to be in that situation. He could have had it a lot easier. So not only is he a great baseball player, but he’s a true American hero. I think that’s what An example of a generation who stood up when freedom was under attack around the world, who fought and saved the world for us and other nations.”

Born in 1918, Feller missed three full seasons and most of the 1945 season due to military service. He pitched from 1936 to 1956, winning more than 200 games.

Although DeSantis has never played professionally, he played in the Little League World Series as a youngster. He also played on the Yale varsity team.

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