A lot of unexpected changes happen as we grow up. In fact, most things about us change over the years. Our interests, passions, goals, and plans for the future shift so frequently throughout our lives that it’s often hard to keep up. Some things, however, are part of who we are. Certain values guide our decisions, some dreams persist, and no matter how old we are, we’ll always want to make our parents proud.
Robert Anthony Cruz’s passion for baseball has been a constant presence for much of his life. With his dad’s unwavering support, he pursued a career in professional baseball. Recently, the Southern California athlete was hit with a massive disappointment when he was passed over during the MLB draft.
In a now-viral TikTok, Cruz reveals some incredible news. Though he wasn’t drafted, Cruz’s baseball dream was far from over. In a thrilling turn of events, Cruz was signed by the Washington Nationals as a free agent. Immediately, the pro baseball player wanted to share the news with his beloved dad.
Rather than giving his dad a phone call, Cruz decided to surprise him at work to celebrate in person. In a touching TikTok that’s been viewed over 16 million times, Cruz tells his proud dad, Ron, the good news. Ron’s emotional reaction is a poignant reminder that even a stadium full of fans can’t compete with your biggest cheerleader.
@cruzincaliforniaMy Dad is a gem. Hardest worker I know. My name wasn’t called in the draft, but I got a surprise free agent contract.
“What happened?” Ron asks in the TikTok video, fearing that his son’s unannounced visit means that something is seriously wrong. Cruz directs his dad’s attention to a Nationals hat and his expression shifts from concern to joy.
“Oh my God, congratulations, son, I’m proud of you,” Ron says shakily.
Ron embraces his son with tears in his eyes, thrilled to watch his dreams coming true. He steps back to get a full look at Cruz as if he’s simultaneously seeing the little boy who looked up to his favorite baseball players and the grown man who’s about to become an inspiration to another little boy with a big dream.