Ed Lucas: Crack of the bat tells me a lot about the play
The question I am asked most often by readers, and those who watch and listen to my broadcasts, is this: “How can a blind man cover baseball?”
I’ve been hearing it for over 50 years now. It’s a legitimate question, and I take no offense to it. The best answer I can give is for you to try to experience, even in a small way, what it’s like to watch a game from my perspective. During this year’s playoffs, for instance, or next season at the ballpark, turn away from the TV picture or shut your eyes for a bit and embrace the game with your four other senses. You’ll see that even then, you won’t miss a beat.
The feel of a leather glove or that of a stitched ball is the easiest way for a blind person to connect with the game, and is usually the first introduction for sighted children too. There’s nothing like the thrill of the “crack” that vibrates through your hands when you connect with the sweet spot or the “pop!” when a ball reaches the meat of the mitt. These sensations are the primary gateway to baseball, but there’s also a lot to be taken in with the sounds, tastes and smells of the game.