For Taneytown boy, a night to remember

At Camden Yards, he sings, meets skating star


He sang the national anthem for a roaring crowd of about 40,000, shook the hand of Maryland's ice princess and cheered the Orioles on to a game-winning home run.

An 8-year-old could not ask for a better night or for a better introduction to major league baseball.

Christopher A. Nusbaum, who has been blind since birth, long ago mastered "The Star-Spangled Banner" - he has been singing it in public for at least three years, he said. But singing for the Orioles at a game where Kimmie Meissner threw out the first pitch and the home team won created a winning combination.

"It was great!" said Christopher, a second-grader from Taneytown. "I got to shake Kimmie's hand. When she came in, I went out."

After listening to a tape of Christopher singing, the Orioles invited the youngster to sing before their game against the Los Angeles Angels on April 14.

"I was a little nervous about the `O' that the crowd sings with you, but everybody said that I did great," he said.

Other highlights of Christopher's first evening at Camden Yards - soft pretzels and cotton candy and a host of family and friends. His parents bought nearly 50 tickets.

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