Monday, November 17, 2008

A league of her own

My wife sent me this. I don't know if I am scared that she knew this before I did, or that she even cared enough to even send it my way. But nonetheless, a woman getting drafted to play in a pro mens league, in ANY SPORT, is newsworthy.

A 16-year-old schoolgirl with a mean knuckleball has been selected as the first woman ever to play alongside the men in Japanese professional baseball.

Eri Yoshida was drafted for a new independent league that will launch in April, drawing attention for a side-armed knuckler that her future manager Yoshihiro Nakata said was a marvel.
Yoshida, 155 centimetres (five feet) tall and weighing 52 kilograms (114 pounds), says she wants to follow in the footsteps of the great Boston Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.

I am sure Neyer will love her!


Ron Rollins said...

A sidearm knucler, Gracie?

I think I smell a new Sid Finch story.

Jason @ IIATMS said...

If only she wore a size 13 work boot and pitched with one foot barefoot. And played the french horn like a maestro!