As far as Austin Sides knew, he was just a lucky kid throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Tuesday night’s Royals-Dodgers game in Kauffman Stadium because it was his 11th birthday. But when the catcher took off his face mask, he got an even better birthday present: His father, Air Force Maj. Robert Sides, who had just returned home from a yearlong deployment in the Middle East.
Military Dad Surprises Son During First Pitch
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