Video: Military Dad Surprise Daughter at Rays Game

Alayna Adams leaps into the arms of her father, Lt. Col. Will Adams, after he surprised her at Thursday night's Rays game. Credit Screen Shot.

Alayna Adams leaps into the arms of her father, Lt. Col. Will Adams, after he surprised her at Thursday night’s Rays game. Credit Screen Shot.

By Dalia Colon

Some things turn us to mush every time: Cute animals. Sappy Publix commercials. And most of all, surprise military reunions.

Nine-year-old Alayna Adams was chosen to throw out the first pitch at Thursday night’s Rays game. What the Dunedin girl didn’t know was that the catcher wasn’t a pro ball player. It was her dad, Lt. Col. Will Adams, just home from Afghanistan.

After Alayna threw the ball, her father caught it. Then he lifted his catcher’s mask. Alayna raced toward him and leaped into his arms.

And yes, the crowd went wild.

Here’s the video courtesy of the Sun Sports Rays and Fox Sports.

This Times article shares the back story of the surprise.

As for the baseball game, the Rays lost to the Boston Red Sox, 4 to 3. But Alayna Adams definitely walked away a winner.

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One Response

  1. A happiness no one may imagine that of a girl seing your daddy, a happiness for she should never have think to see him. This is a peculiarity of military family, when deployment put away fathers and mothers for more time. Then the childrens are glad when they may see them. I am happy for Alayna, that is a little member of military family and also of that of us all. claudio alpaca

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