Soldier surprises daughter at Tampa Bay Rays game

May 17, 2013 5:38:35 PM PDT
A 9-year-old girl got the surprise of her young life when she got to throw out the first pitch at a Tampa Bay Rays game Thursday night.

Alayna Adams walked to the mound thinking she was selected by the U.S.O. for the special honor because her dad had been deployed in Afghanistan.

They even showed a greeting from her dad on the message board.

But it turns out that her dad, Lieutenant Colonel Will Adams was, in fact, crouching behind home plate disguised in full catcher's gear where he caught Alayna's toss.

No one in the family knew about the surprise. That, of course, triggered a tearful reunion. Even the girl's mom didn't know her husband would be at the game.

Alayna say she thought it was a dream.