By Brad Edwards

CHICAGO (CBS) — It was Tuesday.  It was the ninth inning.  It was a deep fly ball to left field.  It was perfect.

It was also this, in the words of Zion’s Rick Brown:  “It was the culmination of the best family outing. And to catch a home run by my favorite player – it was surreal.”

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Geovany Soto’s ninth-inning dinger on Tuesday ended with a scrum in the bleachers.

“It was chaos,” Kimberly Brown, Rick’s wife, says.  “There were six to 10 people all over our family – cups flying.”

Then Kimberly Brown looked down and it was at her foot.

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Even though the Cubs lost, “It was better than best,” Rick Brown says of the family experience.

Tuesday was the Brown family’s first Cubs game and their last — for at least a year. That’s because Rick Brown is a sergeant with the U.S. Army Reserve deploying to Afghanistan on Sunday.  Brown is also a shift supervisor and sergeant for Zion Police Department.

“I get emotional,” said Kimberly Brown.  “We’re gonna miss him.”

The home run ball will remain on the living room mantle awaiting a homecoming.

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The tickets were given to the family by the U.S.O.

Brad Edwards