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(Omaha World Herald)   Eight-year-old goes to baseball game to throw out the first pitch to one of the players. Only it's all a big lie; the catcher wasn't a baseball player, it was his dad, a National Guard sergeant who got to take his leave early   (omaha.com ) divider line
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2012-06-10 08:23:19 PM  
Oh come on, he was on a guard training deployment to Mississippi, not in combat. This rates a news report?
 
2012-06-10 09:05:26 PM  

knbber2: Oh come on, he was on a guard training deployment to Mississippi, not in combat. This rates a news report?

 
2012-06-10 09:25:11 PM  

Relatively Obscure: knbber2: Oh come on, he was on a guard training deployment to Mississippi, not in combat. This rates a news report?

 
2012-06-10 09:31:18 PM  
Eh, touching and all, but I feel like these "Military dad surprises kids before baseball game" stunts are getting a little repetitive. Pretty soon, the kids are gonna start to suspect something's up when they're randomly selected for pregame on-field activities.

If it were me, I'd just buy my kids regular seats and arrange with the team to borrow the mascot's costume for 10 minutes or so during the seventh inning stretch. That would catch 'em off guard.
 
2012-06-10 09:36:25 PM  

CavalierEternal: Eh, touching and all, but I feel like these "Military dad surprises kids before baseball game" stunts are getting a little repetitive. Pretty soon, the kids are gonna start to suspect something's up when they're randomly selected for pregame on-field activities.

If it were me, I'd just buy my kids regular seats and arrange with the team to borrow the mascot's costume for 10 minutes or so during the seventh inning stretch. That would catch 'em off guard.


What 6-10 year old kids do you know of that consistently follow things like this in the news?
 
2012-06-10 09:37:48 PM  

ArkAngel: CavalierEternal: Eh, touching and all, but I feel like these "Military dad surprises kids before baseball game" stunts are getting a little repetitive. Pretty soon, the kids are gonna start to suspect something's up when they're randomly selected for pregame on-field activities.

If it were me, I'd just buy my kids regular seats and arrange with the team to borrow the mascot's costume for 10 minutes or so during the seventh inning stretch. That would catch 'em off guard.

What 6-10 year old kids do you know of that consistently follow things like this in the news?



All the cool ones, ArkAngel. DUH.
 
2012-06-11 12:03:58 AM  
Might seem old to us, but to a little kid who hasn't seen his dad in months, it has to be incredibly awesome.
 
2012-06-11 12:49:49 AM  

SilentStrider: Might seem old to us, but to a little kid who hasn't seen his dad in months, it has to be incredibly awesome.


It would be incredibly awesome for a little kid to be surprised just about anywhere. Except maybe in the kid's closet or under the bed.
 
2012-06-11 12:53:21 AM  

SilentStrider: Might seem old to us, but to a little kid who hasn't seen his dad in months, it has to be incredibly awesome.


This. I work for DoDEA. No OPSEC broken to say military kids have fears most kids don't face. They are brave little soldiers in their own way.
 
2012-06-11 12:54:55 AM  
Complaining about good news I see? I'm sure you'll find enough of tr opposite in other threads.
 
2012-06-11 12:56:44 AM  

ArkAngel: Relatively Obscure: knbber2: Oh come on, he was on a guard training deployment to Mississippi, not in combat. This rates a news report?


You can always not watch, douchebags.
 
2012-06-11 12:59:32 AM  

knbber2: Oh come on, he was on a guard training deployment to Mississippi, not in combat. This rates a news report?


Came to say this. I mean, cool that Dad was able to surprise his kids, but it's not like he was overseas getting shot at by the taliban.

I didn't see a lot of my dad when I was a little kid. He was working in South Seattle during the week and would drive home to Oregon on the weekends to come see my mom and I. Then the next job he had, I felt like he was in a different state every other week. I amassed quite the collection of stuffed animals with random cities printed on ribbons around their neck, but whatever. I was more used to him being gone than him being home.
 
2012-06-11 12:59:52 AM  
I remember when I came home early from a deployment and surprised my wife.

She had a surprise for me too in the form of another woman in bed with her.

/What a wonderful homecoming that was!
 
2012-06-11 01:01:25 AM  

Gyrfalcon: ArkAngel: Relatively Obscure: knbber2: Oh come on, he was on a guard training deployment to Mississippi, not in combat. This rates a news report?

You can always not watch, douchebags.


I didn't.
 
2012-06-11 01:02:40 AM  
I mean, I get that 10 weeks to an 8 year old feels like 8 years. But come on. The dad was in Mississippi, i'm sure they got phone calls nightly, probably used some type of web-based video chat to communicate.

This guy hadn't been deployed to a combat zone for 15 months, hadn't flown home during leave to surprise his kids.

This reeks of a minor league team trying to drum up some attention during an otherwise boring and routine stretch of games. Sounds to me like they couldn't find a soldier who was actually deployed, and found this one just to get some press.

Unimpressed.
 
2012-06-11 01:04:11 AM  
These things should be submitted here:
Link
 
2012-06-11 01:07:21 AM  
Granted it was probably a slow news day, but Guard training means spooling up to deploy to being in hostile territory, anymore. Not like in the 'Nam era, when it was a guarantee your ass would stateside and safe.

One weekend a month and two weeks in the summer - not so much anymore.
 
2012-06-11 01:10:00 AM  
I was cool with it until I saw the team. Fark Kansas City.
 
2012-06-11 01:10:16 AM  
Ass would BE....
 
2012-06-11 01:10:58 AM  
I'm absolutely as cynical as they come, but come on, assholes, can't you feel the slightest bit of joy for this little kid?
 
2012-06-11 01:13:51 AM  
Took my kid to an amusement park yesterday. I got back from an overseas business trip that lasted about 4 months last Sunday, and this was the first day I got to spend with him since then.

While I was away, he grew 5cm and is now able to ride the roller coasters and other rides that aren't specifically designed for little children. He and I had a great time.

I read articles like this and can't fathom the amount of vanity that goes into this. It's not about the kid, the big surprise is all about the parent wanting tons of attention. Hence the media alert. It's trite and lame, and, to be honest, a bit old.

But rah rah, military worship is mandatory these days, so give me my miniature flag so I can wave it every time a soldier is mentioned.
 
2012-06-11 01:15:14 AM  

Forecaster18: I'm absolutely as cynical as they come, but come on, assholes, can't you feel the slightest bit of joy for this little kid?


Oh no, that's awesome for the kids and everything. My gripe was mostly with the fact that the same basic story has been greenlit over and over again the past few weeks. Granted, my opinion doesn't really matter a lick.
 
2012-06-11 01:17:41 AM  

illannoyin: I remember when I came home early from a deployment and surprised my wife.

She had a surprise for me too in the form of another woman in bed with her.

/What a wonderful homecoming that was!


I can't tell if your last line is sarcasm, or if your wife was happy and willing to share.
 
2012-06-11 01:18:23 AM  
well i see the "hero" tag has been debased yet again.

simply wearing a uniform, solider, cop, firefighter, etc is not sufficient to rate the hero tag. it wasn't pre 9/11 and it sure as hell isn't post 9/11. not while we have people actually dying and getting no more recognition than "3 marines die in an IED attack".
 
2012-06-11 01:22:11 AM  
Damn, is it dusty in here or is it just me? I'm just glad this soldier made it back alive. Semper fi, son.
 
2012-06-11 01:23:35 AM  
"Local military father surprises kids after tour to grocery store, mailbox."
 
2012-06-11 01:24:03 AM  
Cool.

Even cooler? Bringing ALL of the moms and dads home from overseas. Home from Iraq. Home from Afghanistan. All of them.
 
2012-06-11 01:26:50 AM  

illannoyin: I remember when I came home early from a deployment and surprised my wife.

She had a surprise for me too in the form of another woman in bed with her.

/What a wonderful homecoming that was!


Go on....
 
2012-06-11 01:41:18 AM  
I thought the "Sappy" tag was reserved for articles like this.
 
2012-06-11 01:45:39 AM  
I came home unannounced and had my brother in law help me surprise my wife.

It's a strange sight, looking at someone's face while their brain reboots.
 
2012-06-11 01:46:17 AM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Damn, is it dusty in here or is it just me? I'm just glad this soldier made it back alive. Semper fi, son.


Me too. Biloxi is a hellhole.

RTFA
 
2012-06-11 01:46:19 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: he grew 5cm


you may be average but that 5cm crap ain't American. knock it off and use inches and feet like real Americans do.

you don't want that boy to grow up to some kind of frenchy socialist do you?
 
2012-06-11 01:50:27 AM  
So is now a good time to point out that he's probably not a hero? Or should we wait until a more convenient time for you?

/Just wonderin'.
//Also, still fillin' my quota of farkies and ignores...
 
2012-06-11 01:51:42 AM  
after 10 weeks of training in Biloxi, Miss.

BFD
 
2012-06-11 01:52:54 AM  
**makes jerk off motion with his hand**
 
2012-06-11 01:53:23 AM  

barneyfifesbullet: after 10 weeks of training in Biloxi, Miss.

BFD


Anything over a month in Mississippi is honorable.
 
2012-06-11 01:54:51 AM  

freetomato: SilentStrider: Might seem old to us, but to a little kid who hasn't seen his dad in months, it has to be incredibly awesome.

This. I work for DoDEA. No OPSEC broken to say military kids have fears most kids don't face. They are brave little soldiers in their own way.


Yeah? What do they do that's so brave?
 
2012-06-11 01:55:31 AM  
Exactly who was the hero in this article?
 
2012-06-11 01:56:53 AM  
Nice use of img1.fark.net, Subby. Wouldn't want to derail this nation's glorification of all things military. Wählt den frontsoldaten
 
2012-06-11 01:57:59 AM  
These reunions strike me as odd, but regardless, what I found more interesting is that he had another son who was diagnosed with brain cancer while he was in Qatar. I realize that if we collectively choose to be involved in overseas affairs someone has to fill those job roles. But while we hold up in high esteem people who are willing to leave their families behind and then celebrate them when they come back, I can't help but think of how these people choose to leave their families, including a son who would have probably been suffering pretty greatly. There's also the weird aspect that all of these reunions are covered by local news stations. It's not a story. It's not journalism. It's whatever the porn equivalent of sentimentality is, and the US seems to love sentimentality. I sometimes think that people ignore the realities of a situation, like this family's, but then I do see people who live in sentimental aphorisms and it almost seems to become a reality. I'm not sure what pain lies beneath.

But I see it a lot in the South. You see these goofy car salesman on TV with their disc jockey radio voices welcoming the troops home and thanking them for preserving our freedoms, yada, yada. And whenever a jet flies over people say, "That's the sound of freedom." Although, I've noticed a sharp drop in the Support Our Troops bumper stickers since Bush left office. The word that's described my feeling toward the military sentiment has always been uncomfortable. Not with the people. Just with the sentimentally about it.
 
2012-06-11 01:59:05 AM  
If it were me, I would just go home with some presents.

None of this surprise baseball crap. If I were the kid I'd be like "Aw yeah." but I'd be that way regardless. Since it's all the same, I'd rather know sooner than get sudden baseball pitching duty.
 
2012-06-11 02:03:17 AM  

knbber2: Oh come on, he was on a guard training deployment to Mississippi, not in combat. This rates a news report?


I dunno, maybe the fact that one of his kids died the last time this happened is why this is news.
 
2012-06-11 02:05:11 AM  
The kid didn't seem too excited.
 
2012-06-11 02:06:50 AM  
It's always so sweet when we make these touching personal moments into a public spectacle.
 
2012-06-11 02:33:49 AM  
So it wasn't a real baseball game.
 
2012-06-11 02:37:01 AM  

borg: So it wasn't a real baseball game.


Minor league team, minor league soldier, it balances out.
 
2012-06-11 02:42:22 AM  
Wank on, part time soldier boy. Way to play fast and loose with the "hero" tag Tardmitter. Mind you the US military seem to decorate you for learning to tie your shoelaces, so maybe this IS what passes for heroism in your neck of the woods.
 
2012-06-11 03:13:20 AM  
Getting tired of these stupid military dad stories, boooring
 
2012-06-11 04:02:09 AM  
Yeah, these are getting too passe now.

Alert me when we have video of the kids who aren't thrilled to see their fathers.

As in "Meh- there's the guy who beats us and mommy."
 
2012-06-11 04:05:04 AM  

wildsnowllama: The kid didn't seem too excited.


These days unless it's a Pokemon, they can't be arsed to give a fark.
I remember growing up as an Air Force brat, I'd usually get to go wherever the old man went, but sometimes me and mom would be left behind. Sometimes for months, sometimes for a year or two. You are NEVER happiest until you're surprised by your dad coming home (assuming he's a good one). I remember running and screaming from door to door in the neighborhood telling everyone he was back. They already knew, as not to ruin my surprise but it was better than Christmas for me.
/even though it was only 10 months in Mississippi, it got a bit dusty in here for me.
 
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