MLBDownload App

Tampa Bay Rays Fan Uses Laptop's Video Chat to Enjoy the Game with His Buddy

via @Mkoval45
Jake SilverSocial Media StaffSeptember 4, 2014

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.


Original Text

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

— 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.

[Twitter, h/t Next Impulse Sports]

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices