"I'm pretty darn excited about this," Roberts said prior to the game. "I want to thank the Orioles and the U.S. Army for making this happen. It makes it all worthwhile going to Afghanistan to get an opportunity like this."
Prior to the game, Roberts met several O's players in the clubhouse. Roberts told catcher Matt Wieters, "You guys are my heroes." Wieters responded, "You're our hero. It's good to have you home."
The Orioles showed Roberts on the scoreboard, where he delivered a message to April and sons Matthew and Michael. He then emerged from the tunnel and was swarmed by his three children.
"I'm so happy to be here," Roberts said. "I wouldn't miss this."
Todd Karpovich and Jeff Seidel are contributors to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.