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THE FIELD — So many things can go wrong during a live performance.
Add kids to the mix, and the risks of something happening increases to an amount mathematicians are still trying to figure out to this day. (They’re not.)
"America’s Funniest Home Videos" has proven this again and again with videos of children picking their noses, being a little too vigorous with a skirt, dealing with a large amount of snot, fighting their neighbor, and many more. And of course, there’s always the garden variety sort that stare into space and don’t really participate at all. (My personal favorite is the enthusiastic monotone singer who also happens to be the loudest.)
This video shows a child in a performance pickle as he tees up to sing the Australian national anthem, "Advance Australia Fair," at a baseball game. This youngster has the hiccups.
But 7-year-old Ethan is one focused and determined chap. Donning a perfect red vest to go with his red hair, he launches into the song and his hiccups. He doesn’t get embarrassed, he doesn’t stop, he just plows through in a perfectly professional manner.
The camera pans to the players, as it often does during anthems, and many players have the tell-tale headbow in an attempt to hide their laughter. (The umps seem to be humorous, as usual.)
And you know what? Ethan is happy as a clam with his performance, as he should be. He skips around and high-fives everyone he sees.