I've been watching and blogging about the Little League World Series competition for years. Its just one of those events that gets the attention of us parents who are into sports. This year's LLWS competition features a phenom who I was waiting to actually see before posting anything about her. As fate would have it, Sports Illustrated magazine has beaten me to the punch.
Mo'ne Davis, a starting pitcher for the Taney little league team out of Philadelphia, PA., will be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. There's never been a little league player featured on the iconic cover of SI.
"She is only the 18th girl to have played in 68 years of the Little League World Series and the first female pitcher to have thrown a shutout."
Mo'ne, though she may not realize it yet, has picked up a torch from past female sports pioneers. That torch continues to light the way and show us all that games such as America's Pastime need begin planning for America's Futuretime. Because the past was an exclusionary era that could never have entertained the idea of a girl highly competing against boys in baseball. Get ready, the future is here. And get accustomed to hearing Mo'ne's name followed by "The First," as she continues wowing us with her incredible character and calm competitiveness.
That's right, she throws like a Girl! Strike Three!
|Aug. 20, 7:30 pm||Game 24: Nevada vs. Pennsylvania||ESPN|