Tampa Bay Rays Help Give One Family A Lasting Memory

By Lauren Burg
Tampa Bay Rays' James Loney Starts Running
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In a league that often times gets a bad rap because of steroid allegations and the like, it’s great to see an MLB team do anything possible to create lasting memories.

Just in case you missed it, the Tampa Bay Rays and USO teamed up to help reunite one family prior to Thursday night’s final game against the AL East rival Boston Red Sox. Things kicked off with the team playing a video message from Army Lieutenant Colonel Will Adams. Then his 9-year-old daughter, Alayna Adams, took the mound to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. What she didn’t know was that the person crouching behind home plate, dressed in full catcher’s gear, happened to be her father.

Once the pitch had been thrown, the elder Adams revealed himself by taking off the catcher’s mask which had been covering his face. That set off an emotional reunion, complete with hugs, tears and so much more.

In a world that’s seen its fair share of bad things, especially lately, this is very refreshing. It shows there are good people, and even teams willing to help make a family incredibly happy.

Another thing something wonderful like this can do is help make fans proud. Now, I’m not saying they were ashamed before seeing this, but it does help ease the pain associated with another loss.

While this team currently struggles to fill empty seats, seeing an amazing gesture like the one Thursday night could win respect from many.


Lauren Burg is a Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL and MLB writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter, like her on Facebook and join her Google network.

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