Dad returns from Afghanistan, surprises daughter by catching first pitch

How about a feel good story to start your Friday? Before Thursday's Red Sox-Rays game, a video message played from Lt Col. Will Adams, stationed in Afghanistan, telling his daughter Alayna that he loved her and would be seeing her soon. His daughter then threw out the first pitch to the catcher in Rays gear…who unmasked as her father Will, 

Adams was due home from Afghanistan on Monday, and the USO and the Rays arranged for this unique and emotional reunion on the field. Both Alayna and her mother Dana were caught completely by surprise by the return of Will, and the raw emotion in the video is enough to get anyone misty-eyed.

Kudos to the Rays and the USO for enabling this to happen. This reunion was awesome.

[Tampa Bay Times via The Big Lead]

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Joe is the managing editor of The Outside Corner and a contributing author at Awful Announcing. He lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and is stuck somewhere between tolerating and hating Pittsburgh and Philadelphia sports.

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