Reich attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., pitched for Team USA at the 1993 World University Games and briefly thrived for a low-level affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles after fulfilling two years of his military obligation. But Reich, a helicopter pilot, went on to serve four tours of duty in Afghanistan, and he was killed in action during a mission to rescue a four-man Navy SEAL team.
"I think of all the men and women that serve and how special we have it to pay a small tribute and wear a uniform when they're out defending our freedom," Hinch said. "I think of friends of mine like Steven Reich, who died in a helicopter crash. I think of countless numbers of people who have been out in battle and created the opportunities that we have.
"We have no idea what they go through in order to serve our country. We think we do through sensationalism, through movies and media and stories. Today and every day, we're really thankful they do what they do."
Reich was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and the Meritorious Service Medal.