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Friday, 26 February 2021

Making a Dream Become a Reality: Rochester blind man learns to pitch

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Making a Dream Become a Reality: Rochester blind man learns to pitch
Making a Dream Become a Reality: Rochester blind man learns to pitch

Chris Mathews made a plea on social media wanting to learn to pitch, but never imagined what might happened next.

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Said "if you can dream it, then you can achieve it."

That's the exact motto a young man here in rochester is living by as he fulfills his dream of learning how to pitch.

Take a look.xxx i am legally blind.

I have a condition called retinopathy of prematurity.

I was born at 26 weeks and my retinas partially detatched not long after and so i do a lot of things by muscle memory, by touch, by hearing so i don't use the vision i have a whole lot.

Chris mathews is a 23?

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"*old rochester resident.

His passion for baseball began while listening to the voice of baseball broadcast bob uecker ?

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"*?* "when i was nine i got a boombox for my birthday) but chris playing experience is limited.

I tried playing tee ball but there's that scene in the sandlot where they hit the ball over the fence and the game's over that was me every time i hit the ball because i had no idea where in the yard it went so i would invariably wonder around and find it ?

"* ended my tee ball career before i could really get it started but that's how it goes.

After hitting the batting cages last summer ?

"* chris decided he wanted to give pitching a try.

So he put out a plea on facebook.

I kind of expected a couple of people to maybe want to i don't know show me in their front yard or something without breaking any windows but he received a much larger response from the rochester community than he could have ever dreamed of ?

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" it's a little bit personal for me.

I have a brother that's blind and deaf.

Growing up.

I realized nothing should be a limitation for anybody so once i saw the post ?

"* it was super bowl sunday ?

"* i'm sitting there going here's this person that's so willing to want to learn something that we take for granted the initial agreement was five free lessons ?

"* but wade also threw in a new glove.

So far ?

"* chrs is making great progress.

It hurts, it's frustrating, but i love it because this is not something i did as a kid and no matter how many times i have to work on certain things for me it's about that process and figuring it out a lot of times we try to teach kids being visual learners, this is a difference where we're actually teaching them by feel.

So an example we take forgranted when we tell somebody to throw a four seam fastball, they would see the four seams. chris has to feel it.

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Brewers fan ?

"* chris said his long hair was inspired by none other than the closer ?

"* josh

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