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Dodgers put new twist on the soldier surprise moment with Father’s Day first pitch

Kevin Kaduk
Big League Stew

We've seen a lot of soldiers surprising their loved ones at ballparks the last few years. And whether it's a girlfriend, a wife or a family being shocked, each one is special in its own way.

One of the features that unites them all, however, is that it has always been the returning veteran catching the other people off guard. That's why what happened at Dodger Stadium on Sunday was particularly noteworthy. Instead of U.S. Marine Corporal Christopher Farias surprising his father Lawrence after a ceremonial first pitch, it was the other way around.

Watch what happens as Christopher Farias completes what he thinks is just a throw to commemorate his selection as the "veteran of the game":

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According to Lawrence, it was the first time in eight years that Christopher's military responsibilities didn't get in the way of them being together on Father's Day. That's definitely way too long but a sunny afternoon at Chavez Ravine is a heck of a way to get back on track.

Lawrence has to be one of the proudest fathers around, too. Last month, Christopher was awarded the Navy Cross — the nation's second-highest award for bravery — for his actions during an ambush in Afghanistan in 2010.  Despite suffering a concussion and fragmentation wounds, Christopher "climbed to a rooftop and controlled the fire of the machine guns to suppress enemy positions." His actions that day kept the enemy troops at bay and created enough room for a landing spot that allowed his unit's casualties to be evacuated without incident.

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