HOUSTON, Texas (FOX 26) - Crowds stood as the national anthem was sung at the Astros versus Yankees game Saturday night. They stood tall too as congressional aide Zachary Barth threw out the first pitch.
"I thought that was wonderful to see him or there, he had a lot of support, people stood up for him and applauded so it's good to see that he's back and doing well", says Yankees fan Carlotta Dobson.
"It's probably pretty brave of him to come out to an arena full of people that have seen him on tv especially after the recovery, after a baseball game in itself, its kind of, not triggering but it brings back memories of what happened so I think it's a big step for him", says Astros fan Kaitlin Airola.
On June 14th Barth was one of four people that had been injured after a shooting took place at the republican baseball practice for the congressional game in D.C.
"At that point I made myself the smallest target possible, I laid down on the ground, then I saw the shooter turn his long gun towards me and probably about ten shots around me, everything started to pop and I got struck in the leg in my lower left calf. At that point I decided I didn't want that guy to just take target practice on me so I ran down the first base line and dove into the dugout", says Barth.
When the Astros called to ask what number he wanted on his jersey he said 14. A number that represents a day that changed his life forever, he calls it the luckiest day of his life for surviving.
"There's a couple guys, Matt Mike and Steve Scalise who could still use your prayers and thoughts but I really appreciate it, I'm proud to call myself a Houstonian and proud to have the community around me to lift me up, couldn't have done it a without y'all", says Barth.