Nightly News | August 20, 2013
>>> finally tonight, a game to remember at boston 's fenway park which has seen a lot of great plays. but last night was great because every player on the field was an american hero . people who put themselves in harm's way to help others. our "making a difference" report tonight from our nbc sports colleague, dave briggs .
>> reporter: it's no secret boston loves its baseball. but these aren't the famed red sox . they're boston 's true heroes , first responders four months ago when two bombs went off near the finish line of the boston marathon . police sergeant bob ridge was just 60 feet away.
>> it was just complete carnage. it was very bloody, very sad. a very sad time.
>> reporter: while the fans look up to sergeant ridge, his heroes, the opponent, the wounded warriors.
>> if you asked them, they'd say it was us. you ask all of our guys, we'd say it's them.
>> reporter: veterans who lost limbs serving their country. rarely does fenway park play host to two teams that insist their opposition is also their inspiration. but one thing the first responders and wounded warriors agree on is just how special playing at america's most beloved ballpark is.
>> i wouldn't even p up this on the bucket list because you know it's never going to happen.
>> here you go, young man.
>> reporter: sergeant first class todd reed lost his leg 20 years ago during " desert storm ." he found the perfect place to show his spirit.
>> you get back out there and live your life similar to before, you just have a few adjustment.
>> reporter: army sergeant matt kinsey stepped on a land mine during his second deployment to afghanistan and lost his foot. he hopes those who lost limbs in the boston bombing take notice.
>> for them to see us out here playing on prosthetic devices and at a high level and just enjoying our lives, i hope it helps them out and maybe cheers them up a little bit.
>> reporter: during the game he drove in four runners and drove home his message to third grader shawn mclaughlin.
>> you can do a lot of stuff without a leg.
>> reporter: in the end, a win for the visiting wounded warriors. the home team fans still have plenty of reasons to cheer. dave briggs for nbc news, boston .