Rays welcome Wounded Warriors to morning workout

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The Rays had guests during Tuesday's morning workout.

Strength and conditioning coach Kevin Barr brought out Wounded Warriors from the Tampa Bay area, who served in the Middle East.

"I introduced them to the team," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "I didn't have them talk, because I didn't want to put them on the spot. But it's great to have them out here."

Included in the contingent were Jason Martinez from Wounded Warriors, Army Sgt. Alex Somerson, Army Colonel Brian Commons, Navy HM3 Chris Scott, Army Sgt. Brian Urruela and Army Corporal Roberto Cruz.

Luke Scott was among the many Rays who had the opportunity to talk with members of the group.

"I always express my gratitude for their service for our country," Scott said. "I think a lot of people in our country don't appreciate it until you leave the country and experience what it's like to be in a place where there is no freedom. It just gives you a greater appreciation of what we do have here.

"And the truth of the matter is that freedom is not free. The price is blood. People have to die for freedom, people have to die for peace. That's just the way it is. These guys are on the front lines. They're defending our country and their defending our freedoms here and it's greatly appreciated."