Tot Tosses Foul Ball, Dad's Hug Makes News

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PHILADELPHIA  - Steve Monforto made a nice catch when he snagged a foul ball at Tuesday night's Phillies game, but it was hardly the stuff of celebrity.
     
What his 3-year-old daughter did next -- and Monforto's response -- have turned him into a pop culture hero.
     
After a quick fist-bump with buddies, Monforto handed the ball -- his first foul ball ever -- to little Emily, who promptly turned around and threw it back toward the field.
     
Dad's look of excitement turned to disbelief. But he then smiled and pulled Emily into a hug, drawing cheers from the usually tough Philadelphia crowd at Citizens Bank Park.
     
Cameras captured the entire scene and later that night, a Phillies executive brought them another ball to replace the souvenir.
     
Meanwhile, the video was displayed at the top of the Yahoo! Web page and made national TV.
     
This morning, Steve and Emily Monforto appeared on NBC's "Today" show, where they were presented with another ball. This one was signed by Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth, who hit the original one. And the entire family of four received personalized Phillies jerseys.
  
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