VIDEO: Tampa Bay Rays give girl surprise reunion with military dad

May 17, 2013 

A joyous Alayna Adams rushes to hug her father, Lt. col. Will Adams, of Dunedin, Fla., after Will Adams turned out to be her surprise catcher when she threw out the first pitch at a Tampa Bay Rays-Boston Red Sox game.

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Lt. Col. Will Adams, of Dunedin, had told his wife, Dana, and daughter, Alayna, that he was returning home on May 20. However, with the help of the USO, an elementary school principal, and the Tampa Bay Rays, he managed to surprise them by catching the ceremonial first pitch his daughter threw before the start of the Rays' game with the Red Sox.

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