Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A League Of Their Own? WHY NOT!

Yes, yes, you've all seen the movie and probably every one of you knows that there was a women's baseball league. Read this excerpt from major league baseball dot com and I'll be back with a comment. This is the story about one of Justine Siegal's dreams...

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- "Justine Siegal reached into the green basket to her left, placed three baseballs in her left hand and one in her right, and then tried to keep her emotions in check as she prepared to throw to a professional hitter.
Siegal then fired off four-seam fastballs, doing her best to give a group of Indians prospects some nice targets for this historic round of batting practice on Monday. It was a moment Siegal had been dreaming about for years -- becoming the first woman to throw to a Major League ballclub.
"I've been thinking about this almost every hour for the past month," Siegal said. It was about a month ago that Siegal got the call from the Indians. They were going giving her permission to throw batting practice to a few of their hitters this spring. Siegal was overwhelmed by the news. The first thing she did was scream for her daughter, Jasmine, to come in the room.
Siegal's 13-year-old daughter was on hand at the Indians' player development complex to watch her mom throw for the Tribe, too. With her mom on the mound, wearing her own Indians jersey with No. 15 -- honoring Jasmine's February birthday -- on the back, Jasmine was proud. But impressed?
"I can wake up any morning and see her throw," Jasmine Siegal said with a smile. Justine Siegal's journey to the mound on Field 2 has done well in making Jasmine a firm believer that anything is possible. So the idea of her mom throwing to a group of professional hitters was just another item added to the list of reachable goals. "All I'm trying to do is show that we should do and be whoever we want to be."
Siegal, 36, began her morning by throwing to a group of five Cleveland Minor Leaguers. After the club came away impressed, she was given permission to throw to a group of three big league catchers: Lou Marson, Paul Phillips and Juan Apodaca. Prior to that session, Siegal warmed up with a round of catch with Indians manager Manny Acta. She made me look bad," Acta joked.
"It's been a very difficult journey," Siegal said. "I had a lot of people say no."

Justine, you received a BIG YES from me, that's for sure. The chances of a women's baseball league is remote, I know that. But one can dream, can't they? Justine sure did. And look what happened.

Click on this post's title for the entire article with video. As always, BE WELL.


At 2/22/2011 10:38 AM, Blogger Bosox Fan in Wichita said...

Hooray for Justine. Good job. I thought that was a nice touch for her to give recognition to Christina Taylor Green, too.

Thanks for bringing that story to us, Pete.

At 2/22/2011 10:46 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

I'm glad you enjoyed as much as I did.


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