Riley Meester, with cerebral palsy and autism, rocks Nathional Anthem at Target Field

Riley Meester on the jumbotron.
Riley Meester on the jumbotron.
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Most Americans don't even know all the words to the Star Spangled Banner, and once they open their mouths to try and span its octave and a half of perilous notes, they're stymied. [See Aguilera, Christina.]

But it's not a problem for Riley Meester, a 14-year-old kid from Ellsworth with cerebral palsy and autism, who sang the National Anthem on Sunday to open the Twins-Padres match at Target Field. He nailed it, right through the high notes for "land of the free."

Awesome job, Riley.

On top of that, the Twins beat the Padres 5-4 for their seventh straight win.

Here's video from behind the dugout:

And here's video from the jumbotron:


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