LA Dodgers manager and former outfielder Dave Roberts made one superfan’s 60th birthday extra special with a surprise Zoom-bomb.
Darrin Stafford was left speechless after his daughter Megan Morgan and his family purchased a Cameo from the Dodgers legend to wish him a happy birthday.
Stafford went from being blind folded to completely shocked in a moment that went viral on TikTok as viewers said they teared up watching the touching occasion.
Then during an interview with DailyMailTV, Stafford and Morgan were ‘Zoom-bombed’ by the baseball legend once again, leaving the father-of-two stunned for a second time.
DailyMailTV and La Dodgers manager Dave Roberts ‘zoom-bombed’ Darrin Stafford and his daughter Megan, leaving the father-of-two in complete shock once again
Stafford lost his job due to Covid-19 last year and for his 60th birthday his family surprised him with a Cameo from Roberts, in a Tik Tok video that went viral
After telling DailyMailTV why the Cameo meant so much to him because of his grandfather’s lifelong love for the Dodgers, Dave Roberts surprised the father-daughter duo by joining the zoom call saying, ‘What’s going on?’
Stafford and Morgan’s jaws dropped before Stafford blurted out, ‘Oh are you kidding me?’
Roberts played for five MLB teams over a ten-year career and then coached for the San Diego Padres before being named Dodgers manager in 2016
He was able to explain to Roberts personally that his grandfather, known to the family as ‘Papa George,’ was a lifelong Dodgers fan. Papa George passed away in 1988, the last year the Dodgers won the World Series.
Roberts said the story about Stafford’s grandfather resonated with him.
‘For me, what I love about baseball, Darrin, is baseball is family,’ he said.
The manager explained he also had a touching connection to Dodgers Stadium.
‘My dad passed away a few years ago and I got his ashes and laid them all over centerfield where I played centerfield for the Dodgers and right where I sit in the dugout.
‘You don’t know how you affect people’s lives.’
Stafford thanked Roberts for making the personalized videos.
Roberts said creating Cameo videos has been an opportunity to connect with fans like Stafford, especially during the pandemic.
‘I watch you and hear your story and learn from you. That’s really encouraging for me. Thank you. I love you. And you and I are family.’ Roberts told Stafford.
Darrin’s grandfather was a huge Dodgers fan and died in 1988, the year the Dodgers last won the World Series before their 2020 championship
Darrin is pictured with his grandfather George, who passed away the same year the Dodgers last won the World Series in 1988
The father-of-two has been a Dodgers fan his entire life. Stafford already has tickets to take his father to spring training this upcoming season and hopes to take a socially-distanced selfie with Roberts from his seats behind the dugout
After losing his job due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the baseball fan had a remarkably difficult 2020. One bright spot was his favorite team’s victory, their first championship in 32 years.
The last LA Dodgers World Series win was in 1988, the same year Stafford’s Papa George passed away.
Stafford and his cousins grew up blocks apart and would often visit their grandparents’ house.
During baseball season, any time they walked in the house they’d hear legendary sportscaster Vin Scully’s voice. The cousins knew this was an indication to be quiet and watch the game.
Stafford took Papa George to see a game two years before he passed, so Morgan knew a Cameo from the Dodgers’ manager would be the most meaningful birthday gift after a tough year.
Morgan blindfolded her dad before leading him to the couch in front of a TV where the video message from Roberts was queued up
Morgan blindfolded her dad before leading him to the couch in front of a TV where the video message from Roberts was queued up.
‘We just have a little special message, a video message from a friend,’ she said.
He looked shocked as Roberts wished him a happy sixtieth birthday, before breaking into tears at the mention of Papa George and his love for the Dodgers.
Stafford already has tickets to take his father to spring training this upcoming season and hopes to take a socially-distanced selfie with Roberts from his seats behind the dugout.