The Washington Nationals brought the crowd to its feet even before the team took the field.
That’s because they helped arrange a touching surprise reunion between Lt. Commander Chris Shetter and his family.
Shetter was on his fourth deployment in 15 years, and had to leave behind his wife and their five children who range in age from infant to 15 years old.
Prior to the game, the family was brought onto the diamond and introduced as the “Military Family of the Month.” Then a pre-recorded video message played from Shetter.
“I miss you guys so much. This last year has been a very very long year,” he said. “This has been our fourth deployment in the last 15 years, but it’s been one of the hardest. You helped take care of your mom this summer after she had Amelia, you sacrificed a lot of time with your friends, you helped with the cleaning, the cooking, taking care of your little brothers and sisters. I’m very proud of each and every one of you for the things you’ve done over this past year…I look forward to seeing you soon…”
Then he stepped out from the dugout and brought his family to tears.
Take a look:
We’re not crying, you’re crying.
(No, but actually we are crying) pic.twitter.com/kdQsetLLs2
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) June 10, 2017