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Morning Mail: Returning soldier surprises kids at Diamondbacks game (video)

May 9, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

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No matter how many times I see one of these soldier-returning-to-kids-at-baseball-game videos, it never gets old. Jackson Aguirre, 6, and his 5-year-old sister, Alanna, thought they were just at the Arizona Diamondbacks game to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Monday. But when the catcher took off his mask, it turned out to be their dad — Lt. Col. Paul Aguirre had returned after a year in Afghanistan with the Air National Guard.

He told his children he would be home later this week. Instead, he flew three days straight to get to the Valley in time to surprise them at the Diamondbacks game.

As Jackson and Alanna watched a videotaped message from their father on the JumboTron, Aguirre crouched behind home plate. After the pitches, he tore off his mask. The crowd cheered as his stunned children paused for a second and then ran toward him.

“I had no idea what they were going to do,” Aguirre said, “But I wasn’t nervous because whatever it was would be OK.”

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  1. skids003 - May 9, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Rick, I don’t always agree with you, but here I do. I never get tired of these either. Those men and women put their lives on the line so we can be free. Touching. We can never repay them, only thank them.