Tearjerker Alert: Lifelong Red Sox Fan From Nebraska Gets Surprise of a Lifetime at Fenway Park

A lifelong Boston Red Sox fan, Brian Peterson got the surprise a lifetime thanks to a wonderful idea from his three daughters. (Warning: There wasn't a dry eye in Studio 1A this morning when this aired!)

Posted by Today Show on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Zero chance you don’t get teary-eyed watching the Today Show segment above.

Brian Peterson, a Nebraska father of three and longtime Red Sox fan, received the surprise of his life when his story, submitted by his grown daughters, was selected by the Today Show which resulted in Peterson being selected to appear in a series honoring individuals who have spent their lives working hard for others.

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More than a decade ago, Peterson lost his wife, Bridget, to cervical cancer. Before her death, one of the last trips they made together was to see the Red Sox play at Fenway Park.

“When I was 14, she passed away, leaving my dad with three young girls to raise by himself,” his oldest daughter, Joy Rockwell, now 28, told the Today Show in a segment that aired this morning.

“He definitely taught us how to get through it and how to never leave someone’s side,” said her sister, Summer Peterson. “He showed us the true value of love.”

Peterson grew up in Massachusetts before moving to Nebraska. As a boy, he was a big Carl Yastrzemski fan and now owns a dog named Yaz.

On Monday, Peterson and his family — in Boston under the ruse that the Petersons’ daughters won a trip here — were ambushed by the Today Show’s Willie Geist. Peterson’s daughters blindfolded their father and drove him over to Fenway where he stopped into the Red Sox team store to get geared up with his daughters and five-year-old granddaughter.

Before he got inside the park, the blindfolded Peterson said he could smell Fenway Park and knew where he was.

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Once inside the ballpark, Peterson was led out to left field, where the emotional widower walked over the Green Monster and tapped the Boston sign on the wall before signing the inside of the left field scoreboard with a Sharpie.

Peterson and his family then posed for pictures with Dustin Pedroia and Mike Napoli before they took in Monday’s rain-shortened 7-1 win over the Orioles, even getting invited to spend some time in the owner’s box by Red Sox president Larry Lucchino.

All in all, it’s a Boston day Brian Peterson and his family will never forget.

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