Michigan Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Christopher Nowicki poses with his wife Deanne and her parents, Tom and Sue, before game 5 of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park inDetroit, on October 17, 2013. Nowicki is an operations and training sergeant assigned to the 1-119th Field Artillery Regiment, based in Lansing, Mich., and was selected to deliver the game ball to the pitcher’s mound as the Tigers took on the Boston Red Sox. Nowicki deployed with the 119th to Kuwait in 2010 as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear defense specialist and was recognized by the Tigers for his service to the U.S. Armed Forces. (Michigan National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Denice Rankin/Released).