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First Sgt. Steve Smerer dresses as umpire to surprise family in homecoming at Mariners opener (Video)

For 13-year-old Kyle Smerer, what started as a run-of-the-mill in-game contest ended up being an joyful reunion with his Army sergeant father.

During the Mariners’ home opener Friday night, Kyle participated in the Steal-A-Base contest, where fans must run from center field, steal second base and run back within a limited amount of time. When Kyle procured the base, somebody dressed as an umpire held him up. It was his father, First Sgt. Steve Smerer, whom Kyle thought was still deployed in Afghanistan.

“Somebody grabbed me and I was like, ‘What are you doing? I’m trying to run back in a little amount of time,’” Kyle said, according to MLB.com.

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