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3-year-old belts out national anthem at game

April 22, 2000|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

With little red boots protecting his feet, 3-year-old Matthew Hamilton playfully stomped in a muddy puddle next to the dugout while waiting to be called onto the field.

Matthew, years younger than the hundreds of other children already on the field to mark the beginning of the Halfway Little League season, wasn't there as a player - he was the there to sing the National Anthem.

"I don't think he knows how to be nervous," said his mother, Karen.

Matthew didn't sound nervous as he belted out the National Anthem on a drizzly morning at Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park. Last weekend he sang the anthem before a Hagerstown Suns game.

Matthew said the singing is just fun.

"I'm good at singing," he said.

He learned the anthem from Karen and her husband, Scott, who sing to Matthew before his naps and bedtime at their Hagerstown home.

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"We sing to him all the time," Karen said.

Karen said they started singing the anthem to Matthew about two months ago. Soon he was singing along, and within nine days he was singing it on his own.

"He's Mr. Music," said Karen. "I told my husband we'll be visiting him in New York after college. ... He's always singing something."

And just how well does Matthew sing?

"As good as a 3-year-old can do," Karen said.

Karen said for now Matthew's singing isn't going to turn into a career.

"We would let him do an Orioles' game, but that's all," she said.

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