I present to you Exhibit A: Justine Siegal. She’s the first woman to pitching BP in the majors (that’s batting practice for all you squares). The Cleveland native grew up dreaming of playing in the majors and, not easily defeated, she traveled to baseball’s Winter Meetings to catch general managers in the hotel lobby pleading her case and hoping to land a spot as a BP pitcher. Loin behold, she got a position. The 36 year old Siegal took the field in her spikes with her 13-year old daughter by her side. Let’s go to the tape.
Justine’s courage and bravery is not unusual for girls and women. When a girl takes on standard processes and procedures, it’s damn cool. Sure there’s a double standard. When AC Slater puts on tights and dances around like the prima donna we all know he is, he’s boo’d and hissed (speaking of, check out this hot sequence). A girl pitches overhand and she’s on Sportscenter. Yeah, get over it. It’s a matter of a person overcoming societal rules and red tape preventing some people doing what others do freely. You don’t have to think that a girl pitching BP is cool, but a girl fighting the powers that be and sticking it to the system that has restricted her from doing something she truly desires to do, is pretty decent business.
Girls are cool because when they break through walls, they leave a hole that everyone else can just prance through. And women are breaking through those walls everyday. Guys, well, we’re constructors. We put them up.
Speaking of baseball, Sox won again tonight. Carl Crawford drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth…the first thing that he’s done right in a Sox uniform. Sox are 23-20. It’s been a long road outta hell for this team. Still not out in the clear. Papelbon pitched like a freaking warrior striking out two batters with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth. Both good signs. Meanwhile, Ranger Nation has become completely dormant counting the days until football season hopefully commences. Rangers lose in extra frames to the Royals bringing their record to 23-21.