Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 6/25/14
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, Sides 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, was his battery-mate.Get out the hankies.It also happens to be Major Sides son's 11th birthday. Happy Birthday Austin! #beroyalkc pic.twitter.com/tndv6FUXui— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) June 25, 2014 The reunion had nearly everyone in the stadium wiping their eyes."I almost lost it myself. I grew up a pitcher, throwing with my dad and to be able to do this with my son after being gone all year," said Major Sides. "Facetime only goes so far. You need the contact and I miss that so much."Well played Royals.Your browser does not support iframes.
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