Two Tulsa nurses kicked off Game One of the World Series by throwing the first pitch.
Ryan Ward and Jamie Edens are a husband/wife team who both work as nurses. The couple gave up their life in Oklahoma to make a difference in New York City during the first wave of COVID-19.
Major League Baseball took a moment ahead of the game at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas to recognize healthcare workers who have served on the frontlines of the pandemic.
Edens threw the ceremonial first pitch to her husband in center field.
The announcer said the couple packed up their belongings and moved to NYC in April, working tireless hours in the early days of the pandemic.
Two other nurses were also recognized on the field. Erika Combs, an oncology and kidney transplant nurse at a Dallas hospital, who voluntarily switched units to serve in the COVID-19 unit for more than a month. And Brittney Burns, a nurse practitioner who left her home in San Antonio to work 101 days in New York at the onset of the pandemic.
one from San Antonio who moved to NYC in the spring, but is back in Texas now. And another nurse from Dallas who volunteered to work the COVID-19 unit.
Ward posted on Facebook before the game, "Jamie and I are so excited to be honored before Game 1 of the World Series."
The MLB said Jamie and Ryan wrapped up their work in New York at the end of July, they’re now helping at a hospital in Texas.
The LA Dodgers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8 to 3.