ANAHEIM — It wasn't enough for anyone here Saturday to just give Costa Mesa native Daniel Foster a round of applause when he was awarded the U.S. Army's Silver Star medal before the Angels game Saturday night.
No, after thousands inside Angel Stadium gave him a standing ovation before the game, team officials made sure he met the hometown players in their dugout. Then the coach took Foster to meet the umpires and the Toronto Blue Jays manager when they exchanged lineups.
Standing along the dugout fence, Foster had a front-row seat for second baseman Howie Kendrick's first-inning home run. Kendrick made a point to give Foster a high five after rounding the bases.
"This is way more than anything I thought it was going to be," Foster said smiling. "It's overwhelming and humbling."
Keep in mind, he said this as he stood in the stands before receiving his medal, meeting the players or the home run.