SEATTLE — It’s not every day that we take the time to realize just how fortunate we are to have people serve and protect our country, especially when it comes to sports. Friday night the Seattle Mariners home opener had more than a unique pre-game even for “opening day”.
In a pre-game fan entertainment 13-year-old Kyle Smerer took part in a “steal second” game which is where a fan runs in from the warning track into second base, steals the second base and runs back to the track with it. Well Kyle got a small surprise waiting for him at second.
His father, Sgt. first class Steve Smerer, who was serving over in Afghanistan and hadn’t seen his son in four months.
Once Kyle realized it was his father the two embraced at second before a crowd of 46,026 at Safeco field. After that Kyle, along with his father, made the jog back out to the right field warning track to meet the rest of his family. Wife Trina, sister Kayla and brother Colton were reunited tonight in a very special, unique and emotional way which reminds us all of the sacrifices made by people around us.
While the Mariners came out on the losing end against the Oakland Athletics the Smerer family reunion is all that matters for them.
Home opening day always brings out the best in an organization when it comes to recognizing or remembering a former player and tonight the Mariners also welcomed back former center fielder Mike Cameron to throw out the first pitch.