Kids Throw Out First Pitch Unknowingly to Military Dad at Diamondbacks Game (Video)
Everybody loves a good military homecoming video. You know the ones I mean. They’re all over YouTube. A military mom or dad comes home from Iraq or Afghanistan and surprises their kids at school, summer camp, a spelling bee, a sporting event, or something like that. They sneak up behind the kid, then someone tells them to turn around, everyone hugs, and then everyone cries—the parents, the kids, the teachers, the coaches. And of course, the person watching at home cries, too.
Well, now pro sports teams are trying to get in on the feel-good fun.
On Monday night, before their game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Chase Field in Phoenix, the Arizona Diamondbacks had a couple of kids throw out the ceremonial first pitch. They were 6-year-old Jackson Aguirre and his 5-year-old sister, Alanna. Their family has season tickets to the D-Backs, and the two thought they were just lucky. Little did they know they were in for a big surprise.
Before making their throws, a message from their dad, Air Force Lt. Colonel Paul Aguirre, appeared on the stadium jumbotron. Aguirre told the kids, “I love you guys so much. I’m sorry I’m not going to be with you when you throw your first pitch but I’ll see you very soon.”
Of course, Aguirre was there to see his kids throw out the first pitch, because it was him wearing the catcher’s mask behind home plate the whole time.
It’s not quite as moving as some of the other military reunion videos out there, but it is one of the more creative ones. And anyway, I bet none of that mattered to Lt. Colonel Aguirre when he hugged his kids for the first time in months. So hats off to the Diamondbacks for making this happen.
Hat Tip – [Fox Phoenix]