Tuesday, February 22, 2011
About two years ago, I wrote an article for the New York Times about high school baseball and the girls (surmounting senseless obstacles) who enjoyed playing it. After writing the story, I made contact with Justine Siegal.
Then, Justine was an advocate for girls' baseball who was having modest success getting her message out. Now she is a media sensation and a person who is truly changing public attitudes.
The last few days, Justine has reached millions of people with her "Baseball for All" mantra. She had the brilliant idea to approach her hometown team, the Cleveland Indians, with a request to throw batting practice for the squad during a spring training workout in Arizona. A woman had never pitched BP to a major-league team.
Justine was on the mound yesterday, making history. The New York Times was there, and ran a piece today.
And MLB.com was there with its cameras.
Congratulations Justine. Remind me again, why do we discourage girls from playing baseball?