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First Pitches Don't Usually Melt Your Heart, But This One Will (Video)

| by Emily Smith

After returning home from being stationed overseas, a Navy dad surprised his young daughter by dressing as a catcher during a Charlotte Knights game and unveiling himself when she threw the first pitch.

Isabella Elmore, 8, watched an encouraging video of her father just before throwing the first pitch.

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“OK Isabella, all you do is aim for the catcher,” Philip Elmore said in the recording. “Try to knock him down and I’ll see you real soon.”

Elmore had been on a long leave in Germany. When Isabella threw the first pitch and the catcher unmasked himself, she found that her father had returned early.

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Isabella approached her father on the field, speechless, and only managed to say: “Daddy?”

Elmore returned home in time to celebrate his daughter’s First Communion on Saturday.

Sources: WSOC TV, Fox