Field Named After Baseball All-Star
7/16/2013 (Updated 11:20:45 PM)TOWN OF BINGHAMTON--Standing on the field where his son started his baseball career, Vincent Godbout watched it officially be named after the young man he raised.
"This was all arranged by friends of ours and in honor of my son, it's just a wonderful thing," said Vincent Godbout, father of Jordan.
Staff Sergeant Jordan Vincent Godbout died last September in a car accident while stationed in North Carolina. He was 22 years old.
Jordan served in Afghanistan in 2011 and received the 2011 Airman of the Year award.
Growing up, Jordan was a Town of Binghamton baseball all-star, playing in the town's leagues and eventually joining the Susquehanna Valley High School team.
"Probably his most memorable thing was pitching a game in modified baseball, but he pitched a perfect game in high school. So that was very special," said Godbout.
Surrounded by Jordan's family and friends, the town board unanimously voted to rename the field in his name as well as this weekend's U10 tournament.
Vincent hopes the plaque near home plate keeps his son's memory alive and reminds players of Jordan's dedication, not just on the field but for serving the country.
"When they get a little bit older, they're going to grow up and remember this tournament, remember the boy's face that's on the wall in there and you know try and be like the way he was, a good kid for everybody and just a wonderful son," said Godbout.
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