Posted May 17, 2013

Girl throws first pitch to surprise catcher: her returning veteran father

Tampa Bay Rays

Well this is pretty much just the best. The explanation after you’ve stopped watching, and crying, below:

That’s nine-year-old Alayna Adams throwing out the first pitch at the Rays-Red Sox game in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Thursday night to what turns out to be her father, Lt. Col. Will Adams, who came home a few days early from a one-year tour in Afghanistan to surprise his family. Just before the first pitch, a video from Lt. Col. Adams had played in which he said he would see his family soon and advised his daughter to “Stay focused, throw the ball and I love you.”

11 comments
JH5
JH5

When a soldier is returning from a deployment, there is often quite a bit of uncertainty as to exactly WHEN he or she will arrive home.  Plans can and do change frequently and you are often in limbo for 2 or more weeks as a deployment comes to an end.  As a military spouse and mother of two, I have not told our children when their dad would be home until the day of or the day before we would be picking him up so they are not filled with anticipation awaiting his return after a year (or more) apart, and then disappointed if the dates change.  A surprise return can be easier for a child, and this will be a moment his daughter will never forget.  Welcome home, Lt. Col. Adams.  :)

Ace_Buzby
Ace_Buzby

Poor kid.  Making your loved ones wait "a few days" to know you are out of danger seems cruel.

MegEarley
MegEarley

Awesome. How cool and great for us to all share it with them...thank ypu to her dad for serving our country

6marK6
6marK6

It is a media event. Should have been a personal moment between father and daughter. Instead it was a staged event for television cameras. It bothers me.

spectator-in-chief
spectator-in-chief

Seems like a publicity stunt to me. Surprising your children on camera is kind of manipulative, don't you think? In any case it's not news and it's not sports, and it is contrived.

NancyMarineDickinson
NancyMarineDickinson

@Ace_Buzby The article said he was home "a few days early", not that he came home and made them wait a few days.  Reading comprehension is our friend.

Steve27
Steve27

@Ace_Buzby Surely his family knew he was safe, as he was scheduled to be home within a few days  anyways.  They just didn't expect him to be catching the first pitch from his daughter.  How is being there to hug your family earlier than expected cruel??

NancyMarineDickinson
NancyMarineDickinson

@6marK6 Probably because the dad asked for it.  I don't think the team goes out looking for peole who are coming home and grabbing them off the green ramp.

Steve27
Steve27

@spectator-in-chiefTo what end is it manipulative?  The guy gave his daughter a memory she will never forget.  That's not to say she wouldn't remember the moment regardless, but surely the situation is truly unforgettable now.  Nor, I imagine, will many of those in attendance soon forget either--and a reminder of the importance of loved ones is never a wasted effort.