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A first pitch, and then a hug for a returning Air Force sergeant's family
Air Force Staff Sgt. Ian Jones surprises his son Braylon, 4, and his wife, Ashley, during the Fisher Cats and Reading game at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, on Friday, in Manchester. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
"This is indescribable," Jones said. "This has been the best experience of my life, and I thank the Fisher Cats for letting it happen."
"I'm shocked," Ashley said while tears streamed down her cheeks. "I'm so surprised."
Mike Ramshaw, senior vice president of sales for the Fisher Cats, said the team was eager to set up the event after receiving a call from Jones. The team even hosted the family, which included a large group of siblings and grandparents, in a luxury suite for the game.
Jones, who grew up in Manchester and is based at Hurlburt Field in Florida, was decked out in a Fisher Cats uniform, complete with a catcher's helmet and sunglasses to maintain the disguise. He said it was hard to keep up the ruse once he saw his wife and son.