FORT HOOD - There is something about the leather surrounding his hand, the thud of the ball as it hits his glove, the motion of his arm as he puts all his power behind the throw... there's no denying it, Cody Stack is in love with the game.
"It's always been a passion of mine ever since I was 4-years-old when I started playing T-Ball," said Cody. "I think I love baseball because it's America's pastime. All my heroes growing up, they played baseball."
With each year, Cody's love for the game only grew stronger. Little league, All Stars, you name it, and he played it. As a Freshman in high school he went straight to the varsity baseball team.
"I feel like I've always been pretty decent at baseball," he said. " I got a few college scholarship offers."
But even his love and passion for the game couldn't out weight what was stealing his heart. Cody traded in one uniform to put on another.
"I just decided I wanted to join the military to do something with purpose, and to make a difference in the world," he said. "I wanted to do something bigger than myself, and to be able to protect the country and fight for the ones I love."
Cody, now a Specialist with III Corps' Charlie Company, is finishing up his fourth year of service, and he just signed up to serve another four years. "This is the most rewarding thing I've ever done in my entire life. I love being in the Military," he smiled.
He was more than okay with his decision to give up America's pastime to serve with America's heroes. But unexpectedly a surprisingly perfect opportunity was thrown at Cody. He discovered the U.S. Military All Stars Baseball Team, a group of soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who travel across the country playing baseball while also serving their country.
"It's one of the greatest phone calls I've received, just letting me know I made the team," he said. "It was incredible. I can't describe it."
Cody is now on the roster to play in the Red, White, and Blue tour where the team will play between 35 to 60 games against college and semi-pro teams. His new journey will begin next month as he leaves Fort Hood to join the others for spring practice. Not only is he getting to play the game he loves, but he's spreading awareness about the job he loves.
"I think it's important so everyone knows what men and women are doing out there for our country, and what they sacrifice," said Cody.
On his jersey Cody will wear the number 10 for a beloved coach that died during his high school career. Above that meaningful number will be the worlds III Corps. It's a name he chose, and one he will wear proudly for the Central Texas area.
"Incredible, the fact I can serve my country and do what I love, and fulfill my childhood dreams... it's just incredible," he smiled.
Adding to the excitement, Cody will get to play in his hometown of Leesburg, Florida where his love of baseball began. That game will be against the Leesburg Lightning on June 25th at 6:30p.m.
To find out more about the U.S. Military All Stars, their schedule, roster and how you can donate to help Cody with personal expenses on the tour including travel and food (click here).