June 20, 2012 01:00 PM

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Baby batters up!

In celebration of Father’s day, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning brought along his smiling sidekick — daughter Ava Frances, 14 months — to lend their support to the Mets at Citi Field in New York City on Sunday.

Teaming up with Pampers to salute fathers and honor MVDs (Most Valuable Dads!) for their special day, the sports star and his little lady stepped out on the field to throw out the traditional first pitch to third baseman David Wright.

“The greatest thing about being a dad is that you never realize you can love something immediately in your life,” Manning, 31, told Pampers while he and Ava practiced their toss.

“The first time that you see your daughter, and every day just wanting to be around her and telling her that you love her.”

Donning an adorable floral frock and summery sandals, Ava and her doting dad also joined other players on the field for a few family-friendly festivities before the New York Mets lost to the Cincinnati Reds, 4-1.

Stuart Ramson/Insider Images for Pampers

–Anya Leon

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