As far as Austin Sides knew, he was throwing out the first pitch at Tuesday night's Royals-Dodgers game in Kansas City because it was his 11th birthday.
But when the catcher took off his gear, Sides got his real birthday present: It was his father, Air Force Maj. Robert Sides, who had just returned home from a yearlong deployment in the Middle East.
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) June 25, 2014
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