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Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital

'It means everything to be a normal kid': Disabled youth play with baseball pros at League of Dreams game

'It means everything to be a normal kid': Disabled youth play with baseball pros at League of Dreams game

The bases were loaded when 10-year-old Maia Dang dug in at the plate. She stared with purpose at the pitcher — who just happened to be an Orioles Hall-of-Famer — and a moment later, let loose with a mighty swing. The ball sailed toward left field. The crowd cheered, the bases cleared and Maia beamed.

There was a lot of that sort of thing going on Saturday at the Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital as a group of about a dozen children with physical, emotional or developmental disabilities got a taste of diamond glory. It didn’t matter that the balls were often balloon-sized and filled with air, that the bats were plastic, that the game was being played on a fenced-in outdoor basketball...

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