Deseret News reports:
Hans Smith is a baseball player, but he's never thrown a ball.
Never swung a bat. Never run the bases.
For that matter, he has never even walked. He's spent his 23 years in a wheelchair.
Hans Smith has cerebral palsy, a disease that affects the motor control centers of the brain, resulting in the loss of varying degrees of muscle control and coordination. Smith can't use his legs and has only limited use of his hands.
Wouldn't you know it - he fell hard for something he can't do: Sports. His passion is baseball and the St. Louis Cardinals. Smith, whose family of 10 moved around frequently while following his father's Air Force career, grew up listening to the games on the radio because they didn't have cable TV.
"I always wanted to play the game, and I would if I could," he says.
Fifteen years ago he discovered another way: video game baseball. Maybe video games are the worst thing to happen to kids since stage parents, but for some people they provide a way to experience a game vicariously.