So really, how does a blind man throw a pitch from the mound at Yankee Stadium?
Minutes before going out on the field, Olmedini and I discussed the issue with Yankee's PR maven Dolores Hernandez.
I was of the opinion that Olmedini should be discreetly pointed in the direction of the catcher and then throw the ball straight underhand, like a softball pitch.
He countered that major leagues pitchers always throw overhead. He then went into an elaborate parody of their body language down to chewing tobacco and spitting from the side of the mouth.
Olmedini said in no uncertain terms that he would need something to chew on when he went out there. Somebody was dispatched to get a pack of gum.
Out on the mound, with 40,000 fans cheering him on, Olmedini grimaced a few times, looked away and held the baseball tight to his chest. For a few beats, he shifted his feet and squared his shoulders for the pitch. Then he reached overhead and, at the last moment, threw the ball underhand. It sailed straight to catcher Gary Sanchez. All the while, Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia looked on, grinning from ear to ear.
When Olmedini raised his hat to salute the crowd, the noise in the stadium was deafening.
And I never felt so proud.