Some of the toughest warriors in the Army are those left behind at home by fathers who go off to serve their country. One of those warriors was nine-year old Alayna Adams who’s father, Army Lieutenant Colonel Will Adams, was deployed to Afghanistan for the past year. What little Alayna knew was that she would be throwing out the first pitch of the Tampa Bay Rays game on Thursday. What she didn’t know was crouched behind the plate, ready to catch the ball she was throwing, was her father.
No matter your stance on the military, try watching this heartwarming reunion of a father and his daughter and not get choked up a little bit.
Words honestly don’t describe what that feeling must have been like for both Will and his daughter, but it’s safe to say there wasn’t a dry eye in the house after they shared their moment in front of thousands of Rays faithful.
The outcome of the game really didn’t matter to two fans in attendance last night as they had already won something more valuable than a baseball game in mid-May. For Will and Alayna, nothing can match the emotion of that magic moment they spent and nothing will top the feeling in that girl’s heart than the moment the mask was lifted off and she was reunited with her father once again.