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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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15276 clicks; posted to Main » on 11 Jun 2012 at 12:46 AM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-06-10 08:23:19 PM  
5 votes:
Oh come on, he was on a guard training deployment to Mississippi, not in combat. This rates a news report?
2012-06-11 09:01:09 AM  
2 votes:
Nice to see that Fark hasn't become any better in my absence. You idiots, if you didn't think this was news, why did you keep commenting on it and get it greenlit?
2012-06-11 06:34:47 AM  
2 votes:
So am I getting too tinfoil hatty by assuming the glut of sappy military stories is a concerted PR move on the military's part?
2012-06-11 01:24:03 AM  
2 votes:
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 01:02:40 AM  
2 votes:
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 12:53:21 AM  
2 votes:

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 12:03:58 AM  
2 votes:
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 10:48:06 AM  
1 vote:
This isn't news, so it's exactly what should be on Fark.
2012-06-11 09:14:34 AM  
1 vote:

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


The military actually spreads these stories in hopes it will go viral and help with PR. I became a lot less interested in them when I learned most of them are staged just for publicity.
2012-06-11 04:15:53 AM  
1 vote:
Subby has no context of context.
2012-06-11 01:57:59 AM  
1 vote:
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 01:56:53 AM  
1 vote:
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 01:50:27 AM  
1 vote:
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 01:23:35 AM  
1 vote:
"Local military father surprises kids after tour to grocery store, mailbox."
2012-06-11 01:18:23 AM  
1 vote:
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 01:07:21 AM  
1 vote:
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 12:59:52 AM  
1 vote:
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 12:56:44 AM  
1 vote:

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.
2012-06-10 09:31:18 PM  
1 vote:
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 09:25:11 PM  
1 vote:

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 09:05:26 PM  
1 vote:

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

 
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