MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Nicholas Montes put on goggles and a catcher’s mitt and crouched.
The 13-year-old will never catch a 104 mph pitch from Aroldis Chapman. But at the All-Star FanFest, he felt what it’s like to be Buster Posey snagging virtual strikes.
“It like I was actually in the game. When I was catching, I felt the ball move and everything,” the 13-year-old from Miami said enthusiastically Sunday. “And then when I saw it go in my glove, I tried touching the ball, but I felt the remote control thing. So it was pretty cool.”
Developed by GMR Marketing, the Esurance Behind The Plate With Buster Posey VR Experience allows fans to “catch” fastballs, curveballs and sliders from a generic pitcher at velocities ranging from 86-93 mph.
“I’ve always said that I thought it would be cool for the average fan to either step in the box or like this get behind the plate and get the same sense of what it’s like to see a 90-plus, 95-mile an hour fastball coming your way,” Posey explained last week.