The movie also reveals the physical risks involved in beep ball, a sport where collisions between players are common, and it’s not unusual for someone to get struck by the softball-sized beep ball.
“It’s a sport, and with sports, there are going to be risks,” said team member Joe Buizon . “We’re talking about broken noses. It does happen.”
Quintanilla, who is able to see only a small amount of light, said that while beep ball has allowed him to stay in shape and make close friends, his love for the game goes beyond the physical and social benefits.
“I don’t think we think of ourselves as blind people when we’re out on the field,” he said. “One of my teammates [said] playing beep baseball allows him to leave his white cane on the bench and forget that he’s blind.”
Quintanilla said he hopes the film empowers members of the blind community and enlightens sighted moviegoers.
“I think we have the ability to encourage and inspire other blind people,” he said. “We play a different form of baseball, but we have the same interests, desires, and passions that [sighted people] do. We do it differently, but we’re just like everybody else.”