Eric Calhoun is a dedicated baseball fan. He will ride the bus from his home in Los Angeles to watch USC play 30-40 times a season. If the Trojans are out of town, Calhoun will find a bus to catch games at UCLA or Loyola Marymount.
Did we mention that Calhoun is blind?
"It means a lot for me to go to these baseball games," says Calhoun, who was born blind and moved to California from the Virgin Islands when he was 5. "It means a lot because I get to meet some of the parents. I get to meet some of the players. I get to meet some of the scouts. But best of all, I get to find people who understand me and understand what my plight is and they don't question and they don't complain. The one thing that I get out of the ballpark that I can't get from anywhere else is solitude. It feels good to actually feel the wind in my face and feel the smells of the hot dogs and actually eat a hot dog and nachos and enjoy a baseball game without having to be pressured."
Now, 40, Calhoun has become a fixture at college baseball games in Southern California. Sometimes he will even take the bus to San Diego.
His mom, Lorine Calhoun, says Eric is comfortable with his blindness because he never had sight in the first place.
"Well, Eric was born blind, and there is a big difference between born blind and becoming blind," she says. "Blindness is like wearing a shirt to him. He has it on and that's how he was born. Now Ray Charles, he became blind. Well, there's a difference there. He has seen things and can recognize things. But Eric ... he was born blind."