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Glow-in-the-dark “Cosmic Baseball” game goes viral

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Baseball shines brightly in the spotlight in the summer, but this Southern college baseball league is trying something new and putting the American pastime under a black light.

The Tri-City Chili Peppers are a collegiate summer team that played a game under blacklight on June 1st.

The Chili Peppers belong to the Coastal Plain League, which calls its game “Cosmic Baseball,” in which the ball glows brightly in the darkness.

“The atmosphere is actually more relaxed than most people think,” Chili Peppers owner Chris Martin told MLB.com. “You can see everything very well.”

The game seemed to go smoothly and ended with a 9-4 win for the Chili Peppers.

The league, which has produced some of baseball's biggest stars, including Justin Verlander, Kevin Youkilis and Alec Bohm, among others, has invested $100,000 or more in the venture, according to MLB.com.

There was an extensive start-up process involving a dedicated team of lighting experts and “a lot of trial and error” in addition to real baseball training.

Cosmic Baseball has piqued fans’ interest in this collegiate summer baseball league. Getty Images
Fans watch Cosmic Baseball between the Greenbrier Knights and the Tri-City Chili Peppers at Shepherd Stadium in Colonial Heights, Virginia on June 1, 2024. Getty Images

This sport is essentially the baseball we know and love, but in a glow-in-the-dark environment.

There is certainly a concern here about the potential for injury, as a baseball traveling at 100 miles per hour or more poses a risk in many cases if a player has difficulty properly directing the ball into his glove.

“If we can get everyone to practice and make them feel comfortable and make everyone relax while playing, I think it will be a really good experience,” Chill Peppers catcher Jacob Lee told MLB.com.

According to Martin, tennis is the only other sport that has taken the bold step of playing under black light.

“It was just a game between boys” and not a real sporting event, Martin explained.

Tickets for Cosmic Baseball were sold out among fans within 24 hours. Getty Images
TJ McGowan #44 of the Greenbrier Knights scores a run during Cosmic Baseball against the Tri-City Chili Peppers at Shepherd Stadium on June 1, 2024. Getty Images

However, there was clearly interest, as tickets sold out within 24 hours, according to Martin.

The team will continue with this format and host Cosmic Games on June 15, June 28, and July 20.

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