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Blind Baseball Traveler Sees 30 MLB Parks in 30 Days

By Meg Minard -- May 29, 2012 9:30 AM EDT

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Earlier in May, I had the opportunity to meet a fellow Ballparkchasers.com member named Reggie Deal at Coors Field. This individual recently completed a visit to all 30 MLB ballparks in 30 days. I wanted to get to know him as a fellow baseball stadium visitor and welcome him to the great ballpark of Coors Field. His trip to Coors Field was stadium #22 on his journey.

He remembers which teams are playing other teams; he knows the history of ball players and games. I read off the interleague game stats to him (Coors Field provides an excellent, manual 'out of town' scoreboard) and he'd tell me something like 'Braves two and one in this inter-league series'. Really? I didn't even know who the Braves were playing.

Reggie has all kinds of electronic gadgets that help him listen and record the events happening during the game. He's got the radio turned on to 850AM (Jack and Jerry), an audio recording device to announce the play (for future recording developments he will do) as well as a camera that enables him to provide visual and audio recordings of the game for future reference and potential media output.

What makes this visitor so unique is that Reggie is blind. He told me I did okay as an escort for a blind person as we traveled 20 rows to reach the purple mile high row at Coors Field. I guess I would agree; there were no injuries; always a good sign in my book. When asked, he told me baseball was easier to listen and follow vs. a hockey game. Hockey games are so much faster and even the radio broadcasters don't always know what's going on in a hockey game.

He agreed that the Rockies did a poor job with not lowering music volume when announcing player changes - one couldn't hear the changes. He was also pleased to hear the Rockies had a male person (one with a deeper voice) who promoted the between inning contests vs. a screeching female's voice (the female's screeching voice apparently is the same across most MLB stadiums - something I wasn't aware of). I did let him know the Rockies do have such female voice but he lucked out at this game when the male was doing the contests.

This past weekend Reggie completed his journey at Wrigley Field. Congratulations to Reggie on his amazing accomplishment! You can follow his recaps on his Facebook page, Blind Baseball Traveler 30 parks in 30 days.

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