3-Year-Old Tosses Dad's Foul Ball Back

"I just wanted to let her know it was OK -- that she didn’t do anything wrong.”

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    A Phillies fan who caught a foul ball in the upper deck of Citizens Bank Park in a game against the Nationals Tuesday proudly gave the ball to his young daughter. She threw it back on to the field. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009)

    Phillies fan Steve Monforto caught his first-ever foul ball Tuesday night, but when the beaming dad presented the souvenir to his daughter, the 3-year-old promptly tossed it back onto the field in a priceless moment caught on video.

    "As the ball was coming up I was just thinking, 'Don’t drop it Steve -- or I'll have all of Citizens Bank Park booing me,'" said Monforto.

    "I Think She Thought She Was in Trouble"

    [PHI] "I Think She Thought She Was in Trouble"
    The look on Emily's face said it all. Dad's foul ball was gone, but he knew exactly what to do next. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009)

    Monforto coolly made the catch and proudly handed the trophy to his daughter Emily while fans watched and television cameras rolled. When the oblivious little girl threw the ball back onto the field, his initial shock soon gave way to a heartwarming paternal gesture that has gone viral.

    "I think she was startled by the reaction of the fans around us -- there was a collective gasp," said Monforto, 32. "She was also startled by the look on my face. I just wanted to let her know it was OK -- that she didn’t do anything wrong.

    Emily Plays Ball With Her Dad

    [PHI] Emily Plays Ball With Her Dad
    Even though there's scores of TV cameras surrounding her, Emily Monforto doesn't care. She just wants to play ball with her dad and pink Phillies bat. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009)

    "We play catch all of the time," Monforto added. "I think she was thinking, 'Oh great I’m going to have a catch with dad -- Dad gave me a ball, let’s throw it!'"

    Monforto attended the  Phillies-Nationals game with Emily, his wife Kathleen and their 15-month-old Cecelia. It was Emily’s sixth Phillies game.

    3-Year-Old's Mom on Emily's Famous Ball Toss

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    Emily's mom, a Phillies fanatic, on the OMG moment when her daughter tossed back the foul ball. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009)

    So is Emily invited to another baseball game with her dad anytime soon?

    "I'll have to think about that," said Monforto, laughing.