PLYMOUTH — Plymouth’s American Legion Post 27 Diamond Spyders had their annual banquet Thursday evening and honored a group of “team” members that never miss a game.
The Honor Guard of Post 27 was given a special commendation by the State American Legion Baseball organization for their service to the Plymouth program and to the American Legion in general. Plymouth’s honor guard presents the colors at every legion home game at Bill Nixon Field in a manner unlike any other.
The state Commander of the American Legion, Dick Jewell, and the State Commissioner of American Legion Baseball, Owen Wells, were on hand to present the Plymouth Honor Guard with a special commendation for their service.
Also on hand to speak to the assembled was Kokomo graduate and recent first round pick of the Oakland A’s Nolan Sanburn.
The 21-year old drafted after the College World Series out of the University of Arkansas, encouraged the players — close to his own age — to follow their dreams by “staying on the straight and narrow” and you will be successful.
Sanburn encouraged the group to be committed.
“Work until you can’t get it wrong,” he said, to be the man that their wives and children would be proud of even now, and a main theme of his talk “don’t be an idiot” — advice given to him by his coach. He said that nobody could be perfect but it was a worthy goal, and above all to respect everyone and respect the game they play.
The Post 27 coaching staff — Dean Colvin, Will Hostrawser, Tony Plothow and Mike Hite — honored the season’s squad at the conclusion of the evening.