A 10-year-old Little League pitcher Jett Morris was chosen to throw out the first pitch at a tournament in Arkansas. The catcher was seemingly unknown, just another grown-up. Until he removed his catcher’s mask. CHOPPING ONIONS ALERT as the boy saw his dad, Joe, who had been deployed overseas for a year.
The ole ‘military dad surprises kids with return home‘ move is one of the surest recipes for a delightful viral video, and this one’s a real winner. The boy chucks his glove in the air, sprints to home plate, and jump-hugs his dad while being joined on the field by his siblings and mom.
It is a perfect family reunion.
The crowd erupted in cheers as the family reunited.
Joe has been overseas serving in Africa with the Navy for a year. He has a two-week leave before spending a month in Virginia, after which he’ll make his return to Arkansas. The Little League team shared the moment on Facebook and thanked Joe for his service.
“Thank you so much for your service to this great country and helping fight to give these kids the right to play this game we love!!! This will be something that will be remembered for years to come!!!” they wrote.
It’s definitely a moment Jett will never forget and will be one of the most memorable pitches he ever throws.