Update: September 4, 2014 at 1:50 p.m. PT
Jairo Jacinto Mata, the man watching the Rays game through a computer screen, reached out to SB Nation to explain what was going on. As it turns out, his uncle was the one in the stands, whereas he was in Venezuela. The whole situation is just inspirational as you might think.
Here's an excerpt of his interview, which can be read in full here:
Whose idea was it for you to video chat with your uncle during the game?
It was my idea. I asked him to show me Tropicana Field, since I don't have a visa to come to the US, and it's hard for me to imagine an MLB stadium — and I like baseball.
What was the purpose of the chat? Did you get to watch any of the game or just look around the stadium? Does your uncle often chat with you from games?
The chat was to show me a little of the structure of the stadium and the field, and to make me feel like I was in the stands at a Major League game. I'd just seen the stadium from the outside. I love baseball, it's a Venezuelan passion. I wasn't able to see any of the plays because the image wasn't very good.
Maybe his friend couldn't afford a ticket. Maybe his friend was in another state. All we really know is that this is what friendship looks like.
When u cant afford rays tickets pic.twitter.com/jKFE1wdpdu— Matt Koval (@Mkoval45) September 4, 2014
One Tampa Bay Rays fan apparently brought his laptop and headphones to Wednesday's game between the Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays so he could enjoy the game with his friend who couldn't make it.
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