Many people dream of singing the national anthem at a major sports event, but few can do it with a spirit rivaling Michael Mullins.
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Mullins, a 38-year-old die-hard Red Sox fan, has Down syndrome. Last week, he realized a dream he’s had for nearly a decade: Singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Fenway Park, capacity 37,400, to open for the Red Sox.
According to the Metro West Daily News, Mullins has spent the last 10 years singing the national anthem for a minor league team, and four years lobbying the Red Sox for a chance to sing at Fenway. He’s been helped along by the Michael Lisnow Respite Center in Hopkinton, Mass., where he lives.
“Nope, I’m not nervous,” he told Boston’s WCVB in an interview before the big day. “Piece of cake.”
“He is so excited. This is the biggest day of his life,” added center director Sharon Lisnow.
Mullins really is becoming the talk of Beantown. News of Mullins’ performance tonight is quickly getting around, according to Alex Dunn, liaison from the Center who’s assisting Mike on his big day.
“We’ve been walking around, and he’s in a Rex Sox shirt, and people keep asking him if he’s going to the game,” Dunn says. “We tell them, ‘Oh, he’s not just going to the game, he’s singing the National Anthem!’ Everyone wants to shake his hand.”
For Mullins, the gig is also an opportunity to raise awareness for a cause dear to his heart.
“I like doing disability awareness,” Mullins remarks, as he’s performing on the park’s Disability Awareness Day.