Sixty feet away, 9-year-old Alayna Adams had no idea her father was behind home plate.
"When he took it off, I was like 'oh it's my dad,' and ran to him and gave him a big hug," she said.
"She had her head buried so hard in my shoulder I couldn't even lift her to hug my wife," said Lt. Col. Will Adams.
The surprise homecoming was a home run.
Very few people were clued in, not even Lt. Col. Adams' wife Dana. She wasn't expecting him to come home until next week.
"It was amazing. I was caught off guard more than Alayna, I was looking at the jumbo-tron and choked up over that," she said. "It an awesome memory. We're a lucky family."
It was made possible by the Rays and the USO. Lt. Col. Adams had been serving in Afghanistan for the last year, working with Afghan government officials.
Now his duty is family time.
"I bet that nothing can top this. Nothing can, nothing will," Alayna said.
It'll be tough to beat for sure. The goose-bump inducing clip is getting national attention, putting this quiet family in the limelight.
"Exciting. It's fun been fun for extended family that's not in town," said Dana Adams.
"I was just smiling a lot there was a lot of people," said Alayna.
People who were on their feet cheering for this hometown hero and his supportive family -- proving sometimes it's okay to cry in baseball.
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