ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WGGB) — One Florida girl got quite the surprise Thursday night at the final game in a three-game series between the Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that 9-year-old Alayna Adams went to Tropicana Field Thursday night to throw out the first pitch.
Little did she know that the catcher at home plate wasn’t just any ball player.
Thanks to an elaborate plan put together by the Rays and the USO, they had arranged for Adams’ father, Lt. Col. William Adams, to be that catcher.
Adams had just returned from a yearlong tour of duty in Afghanistan, and his daughter had no idea he was home.
After throwing the ball from the mound, the Lt. Col. removed his mask, much to the amazement of Alayna, and she ran to home plate, and gave her father a long hug, set to the roars for the crowd.