Published: Mar 03, 2011 12:17 AM EST
Updated: Mar 02, 2011 9:17 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Michael Araujo was supposed to be in Fort Stewart today finishing up his last few weeks in the Army. Instead, a local veteran pulled some strings with his sargeant to let him be honored today.

"It felt good. All the guys wanted to stop me and shake my hand," said Araujo.

Araujo was critically injured when a roadside bomb exploded in 2009, nearly killing him, and taking his left leg.

"From the day he got injured to now, its a big difference," said his mother, Dana Araujo.

The Red Sox presented him and another local injured soldier, Corey Kent, with signed jerseys. Kent couldn't be here in person, but will have the jersey delivered to him at Walter Reed in Washington.

Araujo admits he's a die-hard Cardinals fan, but was thrilled to be a part of the Red Sox team, even for a day.

His mother, holding back tears as she thinks about what he's overcome to be here today.

"I was very proud of him. He's come a long way and Im just glad he's still here," she said.