MI lobbyist shot during congressional game throws first pitch at Tigers game

Posted at 8:33 PM, Sep 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-25 05:11:40-04

Today, Michigan's own Matt Mika threw out the first pitch at the Detroit Tigers game. 


The lobbyist was shot on June 14 in Alexandria, Virginia, and he has been recovering since. 


Mika is thankful to be alive, after a man opened fire during baseball practice for a charity game. 


"My ribs are still recovering. My left hand, I don't have feeling yet in my hand," Mika said. 


Five people were injured that day, including US representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana. 


Mika threw out the first pitch of the Tigers game in good form. 


"It's pretty amazing to find out how many care about you, care about the incident and just want you to heal," Mika said. 


Throughout his journey, Mika had friends and family beside him every step of the way. 


"To see how far he's come from June 14, and that we are able to do this is a true miracle," said Mika's girlfriend, Kristy Boswell. 


"He's just been real positive about it and worked really hard to get to where he is right now," said Mika's father, Joe Mika. 


Matt Mika is thankful for the people of Michigan and Detroit. 


"It's been amazing from D.C. to Michigan, to Detroit across the country...all the thoughts and prayers and letters..." Mika said.