I’ll admit that when I first caught wind of this story, I couldn’t quite figure out how it was going to work. After all, sight is quite obviously paramount to the game of baseball.
However, after watching this report from Reuters I’m actually blown away by their innovations and work-arounds. So check out how the Havana blind baseball team operates and be amazed:
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) May 26, 2017
If you weren’t able to watch the video – or just missed it – the baseballs have bells inside of them so the fielders can locate them and make a play. As for the offensive side of the game, first base beeps, and the other bases have players clapping paddles to make noise. In short, they figured it out.
According to the report, the team hopes to compete in the 2020 Paralympic games, though more teams are apparently needed around the world, before that can actually happen. If and when it does, though, you can bet they’ll draw a crowd.
These are some impressive people and this is all very cool.