Intern who helped save Gabby Giffords’ life to throw out first pitch tonight

posted at 6:00 pm on July 12, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Daniel Hernandez, the intern whose calm courage helped to save the life of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at tonight’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Phoenix, the New York Post reports.

Hernandez, 21, was hailed as a hero after his quick thinking was credited with keeping Rep. Giffords (D-Ariz.) alive until paramedics arrived after she was shot in the head outside a Tucson-area grocery store in January.

After hearing the gunfire, Hernandez ran to Giffords and held her upright so she could breathe and applied pressure to her head wound. He had been hired by Giffords less than a week before the Jan. 8 attack.

Among those killed in the shootings, in which six people died and 12 others were wounded, was Christina Taylor Green, the daughter of Los Angeles Dodgers scout John Green and granddaughter of former Major League Baseball manager Dallas Green.

MLB commissioner Bud Selig invited the families of all of the victims to participate in the pre-game ceremony, KTAR.com reported.

Hernandez’ part in the tragic Giffords’ story has always impressed me, perhaps because I know just how terrified I would have been in the same situation, how tempted to run as far and as fast as possible. Perhaps such a terrifically human gesture as to immediately attempt to alleviate the suffering of another ought to be the norm — but is it? Certainly it’s more likely to be if, when someone does display loyalty and bravery, he receives recognition and gratitude. The chance to throw out a ceremonial pitch at an All-Star game seems in line with that.


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I wonder how Daniel Hernandez and Gabrielle Giffords feel about Obowma’s analogy of the GOP holding a gun to the head of the American people…?

… Oh,wait!

Seven Percent Solution on July 12, 2011 at 6:06 PM

He’ll primary Obama.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2011 at 6:06 PM

1. Nicely done.
2. Whatever happened to the big boycott of AZ? No one’s scared of getting deported for no good reason, as all the lefties swore up and down would happen?

Dead Hand Control on July 12, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Now aren’t they glad the MLB didn’t decide to move the All-Star gang over legislation?

Cindy Munford on July 12, 2011 at 6:11 PM

In honor of Giffords/Hernandez

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Hernandez will be joined in throwing out the first pitch by 85-year-old baseball legend, Joe Garagiola Sr.

But what about the other victims’ families?

MLB commissioner Bud Selig invited the families of all of the victims to participate in the pre-game ceremony, KTAR.com reported.

Does the fact that Garagiola is now taking part imply that the other families declined Selig’s invite? Just curious.

Del Dolemonte on July 12, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Shame he’ll be doing it to an empty stadium. What with the All Star Game boycott being so devastating to this year’s game.

ButterflyDragon on July 12, 2011 at 6:15 PM

It’s amazing how few people came out of all the spin around the Giffords shooting looking good. And they’re all the ones who did what was right and didn’t talk a lot about it or point fingers of blame at anyone for political gain after the fact.

This intern is a shining example.

Scrappy on July 12, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Good for him.

tim c on July 12, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Shame he’ll be doing it to an empty stadium. What with the All Star Game boycott being so devastating to this year’s game.

ButterflyDragon on July 12, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Say what?????

Knucklehead on July 12, 2011 at 6:23 PM

I wonder how Daniel Hernandez and Gabrielle Giffords feel about Obowma’s analogy of the GOP holding a gun to the head of the American people…?

… Oh,wait!

Seven Percent Solution on July 12, 2011 at 6:06 PM

*****************************

Something to be Fast N Furious over.

NMRN123 on July 12, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Fun story, I have a friend in DC with the same name who works on legislative issues and when the shooting happened CNN thought HE was the intern and sent a car to his house for an interview. They finally met at the Washington Nationals’ gay night a month ago. Haha.

It's Vintage, Duh on July 12, 2011 at 6:25 PM

It’s good to celebrate a survivor. We also must remember the people who died that day as well.

TexAz on July 12, 2011 at 6:29 PM

I wonder, if GG had been a republican if dems would have called for her resignation due to being incapacitated so they could fill the slot with one of their own?

maineconservative on July 12, 2011 at 6:30 PM

Remember when Obama went to that stadium in Phoenix and the media said what a lovely speach he gave and how it would heal all of the terrible political discourse that Palin had spread to cause that shooting?

Don’t feel bad, Obama does not remember it either.

Freddy on July 12, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Say what?????

Knucklehead on July 12, 2011 at 6:23 PM

OMG!! You didn’t get the memo? Total boycott of the All Star Game due to some horribly racist legislation passed.

Last night watching the Home Run Derby I was just amazed at how wonderfully the boycott has illustrated the hateful, racist rhetoric coming from those xenophobes in Arizona.

And all the MLB players that boycotted the game due to it. I heard they had to reach down to the AA clubs just to fill the rosters due to the massive boycott by the players.

ButterflyDragon on July 12, 2011 at 6:32 PM

And all the MLB players that boycotted the game due to it. I heard they had to reach down to the AA clubs just to fill the rosters due to the massive boycott by the players.

ButterflyDragon on July 12, 2011 at 6:32 PM

I think you may be mistaken, in fact I know you are.
“I am going to be there,” Beltran said last week. Had he boycotted the game, he would have stood alone. The Players Association and its members decided not to boycott, as some threatened 12 months ago.

I think you may have misread that memo.

Knucklehead on July 12, 2011 at 6:40 PM

It’s good to celebrate a survivor. We also must remember the people who died that day as well.

TexAz on July 12, 2011 at 6:29 PM

The linked story says their families were also invited to participate in the All Star Game ceremony.

MLB commissioner Bud Selig invited the families of all of the victims to participate in the pre-game ceremony, KTAR.com reported.

I just checked the KTAR story, but it makes no mention of any of those families having accepted Selig’s offer.

Del Dolemonte on July 12, 2011 at 6:44 PM

I’m here in Phoenix. The city is empty. Even those who live here are boycotting the city as well.

That and so many are leaving the city tonight due to the heavy snow we are getting.

TiminPhx on July 12, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Knucklehead on July 12, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Wow…Sarc-Deaf?? Is that what we would use here???

BigWyo on July 12, 2011 at 6:47 PM

I’m here in Phoenix. The city is empty. Even those who live here are boycotting the city as well.

That and so many are leaving the city tonight due to the heavy snow we are getting.

TiminPhx on July 12, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Hahahaha…

ButterflyDragon on July 12, 2011 at 6:48 PM

I think you may be mistaken, in fact I know you are.
“I am going to be there,” Beltran said last week. Had he boycotted the game, he would have stood alone. The Players Association and its members decided not to boycott, as some threatened 12 months ago.

I think you may have misread that memo.

Knucklehead on July 12, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Really?

Clearly that is some right wing propaganda site you’re trying to make me click.

I know better.

The boycott is in full swing and the place is empty!!

ButterflyDragon on July 12, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Sarc-Blind???

BigWyo on July 12, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Sarc-Blind???

BigWyo on July 12, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Blind in one eye, so I guess the answer is yes.

Knucklehead on July 12, 2011 at 6:55 PM

I’m here in Phoenix. The city is empty. Even those who live here are boycotting the city as well.

That and so many are leaving the city tonight due to the heavy snow we are getting.

TiminPhx on July 12, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Heavy snow? Due to manmade global warming of course, and it’s Bush’s fault!

Bigfoot on July 12, 2011 at 7:20 PM

BLM on MLB!

Christien on July 12, 2011 at 7:55 PM

I think it’s a nice tribute for the young man.

Also, I have yet to hear any of the survivors take the BLM and Dems to task for trying to pin this horrific event on Palin, teabaggers, Repubs, and conservatives. If any of them have done so, however, I’d appreciate a link.

Christien on July 12, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Congrats to this hero.

CW on July 12, 2011 at 8:14 PM

Oh come on and just say it…Gabby Giffords for senate!

b1jetmech on July 12, 2011 at 8:33 PM

At least they didn’t drag anything remotedly Obama (either Barack or Michelle) into this. For that, it is a good thing. So far.

Don’t know if there will be some ‘public announcement’ commericals in between innings done by them to tell us to eat more peas.

Sir Napsalot on July 12, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Let’s not forget one hero who didn’t make it – federal judge John Roll, who threw himself on top of staffer Ron Barber, and was fatally wounded in the process. Barber survived the attack.

grahampowell on July 12, 2011 at 10:42 PM