Both kids were slightly nervous to be under the spotlight. Tyler King threw the ball a little high and outside beyond the catcher's grasp, while Allison needed a little extra encouragement from her mother to walk out with the game ball which she kept tucked away in her pink purse.
The families and friends of the two kids spent much of the pregame on the field near the backstop talking with coaches, Padres staff, and taking pictures.
"This meant a lot to us because it really extended through the whole family. It wasn't just these two little kids having the opportunity to make a memory, we made memories for their whole extended family," said Padres Foundation Director Sue Botos.
The two families, forever linked by tragedy, called it a wonderful day and thanked the Padres for the opportunity.