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Last January, Ziegler had finished working at youth baseball camp back home in Springfield and was throwing hard with a friend from 120 feet. Suddenly, a kid jumped out and tried to catch the ball -- instead, it deflected off the boy's glove, hit Ziegler square in the middle of his forehead and opened a bloody gash.
With all that, he's eager and unafraid about taking a ride with the stunt-flying Blue Angels team.
"If I don't take a shot at it after this year, I will always wonder if I could have done it," Ziegler said. "Their No. 1 concern is for your safety and they won't do anything to make you sick or get you hurt. They're making me take a physical first, too."
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