Too much time, FAR too much time is spent glorifying and excusing thug behavior. At the same time, in a Little League Baseball tournament, there is a young woman, a young African-American woman, who is a smoking pitcher in a world dominated by young men. I caught her last night on TV and had to stop what I was doing. She rocked. Her motion, her speed, her focus was fun to watch. This is the world series and she didn’t flicker.
My girls, ages 6 and 8, love sports, but we are not a family that watches much baseball or even follows the Little League World Series.
Of course, that was before we heard the name Mo’ne Davis, the 13-year-old pitching phenom.
Now we check to see when she and her team, Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons, will play again (Wednesday night against Las Vegas) and celebrate her girl power achievements. She’s the first girl to throw a shutout in the Little League World Series, the sixth to get a hit in World Series history and the first Little Leaguer to get front-page attention on one of the nation’s top sports magazines.
“A girl on the cover of Sports Illustrated for her prowess in a man’s sport,” cheered “Inside Edition” host Deborah Norville in an e-mail. “Mo’ne is wowing not just the sports world but all of us!”
We’re not just taken with how this 5-foot-4 inch eighth-grader throws 70-mph fastballs and strikes out batter after batter. We’re also blown away by her grace under pressure and how she’s just being Mo’ne.
“I never thought that I would be a role model at this age … so I just have to be myself,” she said in a recent ESPN interview.
She’s an inspiration to any little girl who wants to play baseball some day — and to all the women who know firsthand the doubters and naysayers that Davis has no doubt encountered on her path to World Series history.
This girl is class. She is what all other girls her age should be looking at and thinking “I can do it too.”
I hate to bring race into this, but the fact is while she is slinging shutouts with class, we have Holder complaining about problem no longer an issue.
Dynamite vs Dinosaur.
You rock girl. Go have a great life!