On September 2, 2011, an autistic man took to the field at Fenway park to sing the National Anthem. Many would question the ability of a mentally challenged person singing such a big song, but that would be ludicrous because moments like that could become awe-inspiring. Such was the case.
The man took to the field and started singing. He was doing fine, even holding a tune nicely. Mid-way through the song, however, he began laughing. The crowd laughed with him. The man continued to sing and again, began laughing through the song, stumbling over words too difficult for him to sing. That's where the wonderful spectacle took place.
The crowd, after laughing along, chimed in. The entire stadium began to sing the second half of the song, guiding the young, autistic man through the rest of the song. The man sang along with the crowd as they guided him through to the finish and wildly cheered him on at the end.
If you haven't seen it, take a look at the following link: http://www.sbnation.com/mlb/2011/5/13/2170303/boston-red-sox-fans-autistic-man-national-anthem
It's one of those moments that bring tears to your eyes and make you feel good inside. It wasn't a great moment in sports, it was a great moment before sports, before the baseball game - America's favorite past time. This simply brings goosebumps to your flesh, tears to your eyes, and once again, reminds us that we are a great nation that backs and supports our own. If you aren't moved by this video, then I'm not sure there is much that can move you.
It's a feel good story during difficult times, natural disasters, economic crises, and low incomes and housing markets that remind us, no matter what, we come together as a family, a team and we are all in this together, one nation, under God.