Going to a baseball game is a pretty special occasion for a young kid, and being called onto the field to participate in a contest is even more memorable. But that was only the beginning for one boy at a recent Cleveland Indians game.
9-year-old Sasha Lieb was watching the Indians play the Minnesota Twins when he was called down to the field to play in a between-innings contest modeled after the game show “Deal or No Deal.”
Sasha, at the game with his mom and little brother, was given the chance to choose to open one of three silver suitcases in an effort to win a prize. But before he chose, there was a treat in store for him, in the form of a special advisor.
“Somebody special wants to weigh in on which case you should pick,” the park’s announcer told Sasha. “So if everybody could take a look at Tribe TV, your dad, Tim Lieb, U.S. Coast Guard chief petty officer — he’s stationed in Guantanamo Bay — would like to say a few words.”
Sasha was clearly emotional at the reveal of his dad on the screen, but he held it together as he watched his father’s message.
“Hey, Jonah, Sasha, I’m sorry I couldn’t be there today with you, but I heard about ‘Deal or No Deal,'” Dad said. Before ending his message with a hearty “Go Tribe!”, Sasha’s father told him which suitcase to open. Far be it from Sasha to ignore his father’s advice, and he dutifully chose the suitcase his dad had recommended.
“Let’s see what’s inside, is it the $500 [prize]?” the announcer asked as the case was opened, only to add, “it is something a little better than a dollar amount.” Because instead of a cash prize, inside the case was a sign that read “I’m home.”
Stunned, Sasha turned around to see his dad, USCG Chief Petty Officer Tim Lieb, who’d been stationed at Guantanamo Bay for a year, emerge in his Coast Guard uniform, and walk toward his son. Sasha and his brother charged their father and embraced him, gaining a much bigger prize than anything Howie Mandel could ever deliver.
Sometimes you’re guaranteed to win if you just play the game …
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) August 7, 2018