While tens of thousands watched the Orioles on Opening Day from the comfort of their seats in Baltimore's Oriole Park at Camden Yards, one Bel Air boy got up close and personal the players on his favorite team.
Eight-year-old Brady Reise was picked to be the "10th man," and got to high-five the Orioles, stand on the field during the National Anthem and announce "Play ball!"
A child is randomly chosen to serve as the "10th man," representing Orioles fans, each Opening Day, Orioles spokesman Jeff Lantz said.
Brady's mother, Carey Reise, said it meant a lot, as Brady loves baseball and "eats, breathes and sleeps Orioles."
By a fitting coincidence, the family also lives on Oriole Court in Bel Air.
Brady, who was at the game with his father, Nathan, said he was confused when a woman first approached them about the honor.
"We had no clue what she was talking about, so she explained it to us," Brady said.
Brady, who is in third grade at Homestead Wakefield Elementary School, said he has been to a handful of Orioles games.
He wasn't too nervous about being in front of thousands of fans.
"I was a little nervous, but I was really excited," he said.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun