Ok, so this morning I wasn’t in such a great mood due to things at work, but then at lunch time, while reading USA Today, I stumbled over this story. Now I am so pumped up by this woman and her efforts, nothing at work is going to bring me down today!
Justine Siegal, 36, this week became the first woman ever to pitch batting practice to Major League Baseball players. First for the Cleveland Indians and then just yesterday, to the Oakland Athletics.
That would be a cool enough story right there. But then I read her bio. Justine has been playing baseball since she was 5 years old. She has never played softball and when they asked her to switch to softball when she was 13, she told them no. “The baseball coach didn’t want me on the team. I played anyway.”
Since then, she has devoted her life to baseball in every shape and form. She was the first woman to ever coach college baseball, the first woman to ever be a first base coach for a professional baseball team (albeit minor leagues), and she has set out to be a role model for girls and women who want to either play baseball or just live their dreams.
She is the founder of the site and organization BaseballForAll which promotes playing baseball for EVERYONE but especially for giving opportunities to girls and women. She was responsible for putting together the WBL Sparks, the first all-girls baseball team to play in the Cooperstown (home of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Dreams Park tournament, where the Sparks finished 39th in a field of 104 teams, beating out 65 boys teams in the standings.
I have a couple more posts on Justine Siegal and her efforts coming up.