No Sights, Just Sounds: Being blind won't stop these Tigers

By Coleman Swierc - bio | email

TYLER, TEXAS (KLTV) - Baseball is a game of sights and sounds.

So imagine if the only thing you experienced were the sounds.

The Tyler Tigers are a group of athletes that play the game, not with sight, but with sound.

"I always wanted to play baseball, so when the Telephone Pioneers introduced the game of Beep Baseball, I tried it out, and I fell in love with it, and I have been going strong since 1994," said Tigers president Larry Reed, who is blind.

The team is comprised of both sighted and blind players, but everyone wheres the blind fold, leveling the playing field for all.

"Alot of the guys, they are really blind, and this is all they got," said Tony Bush, who is not blind,  "this is basically their life. You never know how important your eyes are until you lose them, or they are taken from you."

Both the balla nd the bases make plenty of noise, shreiking out their location, but so do the players, their game is as intense as you will find.

"You can never be ready for someone running over you, it is just like playing football, you are going to get hurt," said Reed.

And why do they play? Like any other athlete, because they can.

"People just believe that, ah, he is blind, lets have a pity party," said Cazzie Kirk, a blind player, "there is no pity party here, we are active in life just like anyone else, this is a sports that showcases all of that."

The Tyler Tigers will showcase their skills on October 17th at 11:00 a.m. at John Tyler High School when they host a Beep Baseball Tournament.

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