FORT BRAGG, N.C. - 97-year-old Hubert Edwards is a character. He's a little hard of hearing, but he heard every word when his wife told him he was going to see the Atlanta Braves play at Fort Bragg.
Edwards is one of about 12,000 fans who packed Willow Lakes Baseball park at Fort Bragg. Major League Baseball converted the old golf course which used to be at Pope Air Force Base into a temporary field of dreams.
Edwards says watching the Braves play here is 2nd only to meeting Generals Eisenhower and Patton in the field during World War II. "I heard the leaves rattle behind me and I looked. Eisenhower and Patton," Edwards said. "And being the sergeant in charged I jumped up and hollered... Attention! Eisenhower looked at me and said sit down boy. And I did."
This is also a dream come true for Sgt. First Class Alexander Burnett who's originally from Atlanta. Burnett says he hasn't thrown a baseball since he got back from Afghanistan in 2012.
On Sunday he got the chance to go on the field with some of his heroes from the Braves and he even got to play catch with one of their coaches. "I went to Fulton County Stadium before they torn that down," Burnett said. "I went to Turner Field back when i was in high school. And for them to come out here, not only to build us this park, but to come out her and play and interact with us as soldiers. It just does not get any better than this."