As news arrived in the United States that Navy SEAL William "Ryan" Owens was killed last weekend in Yemen during a raid against al Qaeda, San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey was noticeably affected.
The three-time World Series champion and four-time All-Star published his condolences via an Instagram post, which included a photo of Owens in the Giants' clubhouse.
Sadly, Javier Lopez relayed the news to me today that Ryan Owens had been killed in Yemen while serving our country. Ryan was a member of Seal Team 6 and a big Giants fan. He would come to spring training frequently and I had the honor of meeting him and his son in 2012. For me, it is easy to take for granted the life that my family and I get to live everyday. Words don't do justice for the gratitude that I have for people like Ryan that sacrifice their lives fighting against evil, so that we may live with freedom. Unfortunately for Ryan's family, they lost a husband and a father this weekend. I can't imagine the pain they must be going through. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. Ryan Owens was a hero that is gone way too soon.
According to Posey, Owens was a "big Giants fan" who "would come to spring training frequently."
"Ryan Owens was a hero that is gone way too soon," Posey wrote at the end of his post.
Owens, 36, served as a Chief Special Warfare Operator for Navy SEAL Team Six, the unit that carried out the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
-- Nick Ostiller