The best moment of Dirk Nowitzki's Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game came before either team took the field.
This marked the 17th annual hosting of the event as current and former members of the Cowboys and Mavericks flooded the diamond in the name of charity. Nowitzki, Dennis Smith Jr., Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and DeMarcus Ware were only a few of the big names to line the first and third-base lines for the national anthem.
Mark Cuban also suited up, wearing a single dollar sign as his jersey number.
But the real heroes of the night were on the mound and behind the plate just before the players took the field.
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Three survivors of the recent Santa Fe High School shooting – Rome Shubert, Trenton Beazley and Noah Silva – were in attendance. Silva plays on the basketball team, while Shubert and Beazley play on the baseball team.
All three were shot during the incident. In an odd twist of fate, it happened to work out that Shubert is a pitcher and Beazley is a catcher
In front of near-capacity crowd, the two connected on a throw and catch, as everyone at the park stood and cheered.
“It’s great seeing all these people out here and all the support,” Shubert said. “They’re showing their support for us and showing the support for everyone else. It’s pretty awesome to be out here.”
On May 18, a teen gunman made his way through Santa Fe High School with multiple weapons, killing 10 students.
Silva was struck in the buttocks and remains wheelchair-bound. Beazley was unable to play for several weeks after a bullet to the ribs caused a blood clot.
Shubert, meanwhile, had a bullet go through the back of his head. Somehow, the Univeristy of Houston baseball commit managed to play in his team's game the next day.
Shubert and Beazley both said that their love of baseball helped them get through the difficult and times.
Cuban addressed all three survivors in a media session before the event.
“Thank you guys for coming in,” Cuban told them. “I know it’s been a rough patch for you guys, but hopefully we can have some fun together and really enjoy it. And you get to hang out with these guys and show them who the real stars are.”