Marlene Rodriguez, a combat vet, Purple Heart recipient and big Dodgers fan, just had the experience of a lifetime.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Ford Motor Company created a list of US veterans and chose Rodriguez as the recipient of the first 2018 Ford Mustang. As she was telling her story, The Rock jumped in and surprised the veteran with a couple presents. It quickly grew emotional as Rodriguez said she didn’t understand why she was deserving of such fanfare.

“It was such a cool moment that all of us in the room will never forget,” The Rock posted on Facebook. “… When Marlene, stopped and just looked at me and asked ‘Why?,’ well that’s when I may or may not have gotten a lil’ emotional with my answer – in a bad ass manly way of course. Why? Because of the boundless gratitude and respect I have for you, Marlene and all our men and women who’ve served our country. Just a small way of myself and the good people of FORD of saying THANK YOU.”

Rodriguez was also awarded two tickets to The Rock’s Baywatch movie premiere in Los Angeles. After receiving the tickets, The Rock said he heard Rodriguez was a Dodgers fan. He suggested she ride to a Dodgers game in her new vehicle as the curtain fell to unveil the Mustang.

Regardless of the team he or she roots for, it’s special to see those in service honored and overwhelmed with such emotion. We all appreciate the work Rodriguez and others do for our country.

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Gabe Burns is an award-winning journalist. He serves as a reporter and editor at the DodgersNation news desk. He additionally works as editor-in-chief of The Spectator, Valdosta State University's student paper. Gabe's work has been featured on a number of platforms, including Draft Breakdown and Pro Football Spot. His byline has been cited in media such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. Aside from covering Dodgers baseball, Gabe enjoys watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Orlando Magic and Tampa Bay Lightning. He can be followed on Twitter at @GabeBurns_DN.

One Response

  1. ElysianPark

    This was tremendous to see. She most certainly was deserving. It was great to see The Rock’star genuine appreciation and respect for this lady. Bless her.

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