by: Michael Fox Updated:
SEATTLE, Wa. - “I never knew that I could ever play baseball being blind,” said second-year Slugger Mike King.
But when he found out about the Sluggers, Seattle’s very own blind baseball team, he knew he had to give it a try.
Beep baseball, as it’s known, is a modified version of softball.
There is a beeping ball, audible bases and every player has to be blindfolded to ensure an even playing field.
The Seattle Sluggers opened their season with an exhibition game against the Seattle Police Department.
“We wanted the SPD men and women to feel the full experience of beep baseball,” said Slugger coach Kevin Daniel. “We asked that they have their blindfolds on and they accepted.”
As both teams took to the field, one Slugger felt the cops might need to be tested for performance-enhancing drugs.
“If they win, you know damn well it was drugs,” David Sharp said with a smile.
Both teams swung hard and ran like mad, all while wearing blindfolds.
In the end the SPD was no match for the veteran Sluggers.
The officers walked away with a better understanding for what it’s like for people with visual disabilities.
“It’s incredibly difficult to hit the ball when you can’t see but it gives us a chance to walk a day in someone else’s shoes and see what’s it’s like to actually rely on the other senses,” said Officer Carmen Best.
As for the Sluggers, they were deeply moved by the show of support from the SPD.
“I think it’s great that they took their Saturday to come and give us a chance to have some competition, said Sharp. “Where else to people get to get together and not be able to see well and play baseball?”