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MLB 11: The Show To Include One-Button Mode For The Disabled

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Posted January 25, 2011 - By Stephen Johnson



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Hans Smith

Prepare your heart-strings. They are about to be tugged. Dig this story: Hans Smith, a 25-year-old uber baseball fan, has never actually played the game. He has cerebral palsy, so Smith plays a lot of video game baseball instead.

Smith wrote a letter to Sony, creators of The Show series of games, and the company was so impressed with his passion that they included Smith as a playable character in MLB 10: The Show. With MLB 11: The Show, the company has gone even further, and created an entirely new mode for the disabled. One-button mode allows you to play the game with, you guessed it, a single button, allowing just about anyone to experience the joy of playing virtual baseball. The mode is titled after a new organization Smith has created, the Association for Disabled Virtual Athletes, which is also featured in the game.

Smith's devotion to the game, and the Cardinals, is complete -- he plays The Show like it's real, only pitching on real game days, never simulating games, never cheating. Last season his virtual identity was injured, and rather than skipping ahead the four games he was out, he simmed them, and watched. That's devotion, and passion, people.

"My body doesn't know the difference between reality and virtual reality," Smith said, "I'm never going to throw a baseball. I'm never going to run around the bases. So all of the adrenaline you feel by stepping out on the field and coming up to bat with two outs in the ninth inning, that's what I feel when I play the video game. So in a sense, this game is my reality."

Because of his involvement with The Show, and his dedication to The Cardinals, Smith has hung out with the actual Saint Louis players, saying:

"I actually went to a Cardinals game last August and they let me in the dugout to talk to the players. One of the guys I was talking to was Ryan Franklin, the Cardinals closer, and I was telling him about my season, and when I told him my stats he said, 'C'mon, Smith, you need to step it up! You're representing the Cardinals now.'

"I felt great. It was like I was one of the guys taking their crap. Being part of the team was a great experience for me. I loved every minute. Hopefully this season, I can get a few more wins."

Source: ESPN

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