Meet the Team: Part II

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The third annual Washington Nationals Wounded Warrior Celebrity Softball Classic takes place this Sunday, September 15, following the Nationals home game vs. the Philadelphia Phillies. Each day this week in advance of the game, we will introduce you to two members of the team – one celebrity participant and one of the Wounded Warriors who will participate.

Sakina JaffreySAKINA JAFFREY
Born: 1962 in New York City

Position: Ball Avoider

WWCSC Experience: First Year

Currently starring as White House Chief of Staff Linda Vasquez in the Netflix series House of Cards, Jaffrey is making her first appearance in the Wounded Warrior Celebrity Softball Classic. Though Jaffrey’s previously been involved with the Wounded Warrior Project, she described her prior experience on the diamond as “if only,” and expanded upon that in a recent interview.

“I do not play softball. I would probably be a better fit doing the beer concession. I told the Nationals I would probably be a liability. But I can run.”

Kyle Earl headshotKYLE EARL

Born: 1986 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

Position: Outfield

WWCSC Experience: Second Year

Earl, a US Marine, underwent an amputation of his right hand after serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. A current resident of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Earl also enjoys football, hockey, hunting and fishing, and is known for his speed on the base paths. This year’s contest will be the second Wounded Warrior Celebrity Softball Classic, having also participated in September, 2012.

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