If you look at our new About Us Blog page, you will find that bit of info that you may have been wondering about: who are these people who are generating this Girls Play Baseball Dot Com web presence, Blog Sites, in all – and (maybe, more importantly): why do I care?
Yes, this is blatant promotion of the new Blog Page! But, also, it can focus your attention on a few of the fundamental issues that remain the same a long as girls are not encouraged to play Baseball in light of the strong alternative of Softball being offered, in good spirit, by Youth Baseball organizations throughout the land.
(Now, that is the first time I really thought about that: what on Earth are Baseball organizations doing providing Softball – to Girls?!? Maybe we should look at that, too, – for a another blog entry, soon…))
Back to the point: I had a brief, but revealing conversation yesterday with the father of CaraMia Tsirigos. It sounded a lot like the conversation I would have with the father of either Katie Brownell or Gabby Sanchez, both girl Baseball players who are on the WBL Sparks team, headed for Cooperstown Dreams Park in July (or, as the general public may not realize, Sammi Kane Kraft, who didn’t merely portray a spectacular Pitcher in the remake of The Bad News Bears, but she actually IS a spectacular all-around Baseball player, and terrific Pitcher):
girls who have played Baseball since they could hold and throw the ball; with a family of skilled, committed Baseball playing, siblings (read: brothers); proud and supportive parents, who work with the girls, daily, providing them with coaching and training.
Seems like a very powerful combination to challenge the neigh-sayers on the local level: who would turn down the opportunity for glory if the girl can play?!? (an aside – last night, on ABCFamily, “The Rookie,” with Dennis Quad, was on – reluctantly had to put the kids to bed before it was over… But there is a line in there ripe for the picking: puled right off of the IMdB web site:
Dave Patterson: Jimmy, how fast were you throwing fifteen years ago?
Jimmy: Slow enough to where scouts stopped using the word “fast”.
Dave Patterson: Seriously, how fast were you throwing?
Jimmy: I don’t know… 85-86?
Dave Patterson: You just threw 98 miles an hour.
Dave Patterson: Twelve straight pitches, three radar guns. Same thing on all of ’em.
Jimmy: Look, Dave, there’s no way…
Dave Patterson: Jimmy, I’ve been a scout for a long time, and the number one rule is, arms slow down when they get old. Now, if I call the office and tell ’em I got a guy here almost twice these kids’ age, I’m gonna get laughed at. But, if I don’t call in a 98-mile-an-hour fastball, I’m gonna get fired! I’m just saying there’s a chance you might get a call on this.
[turns to leave, then turns around]”)
When we helped to put on an exhibition mini-tourney, in Burlingame, CA, with the California Women’s Baseball League, last October 2nd, 2005, our daughter had the opportunity to play with some of the best girls and young women playing Youth Baseball in California – and against those from Australia.
To see the caliber of those players, who represent all girls in their respective communities, for miles around, while it encouraged me to support and work as a community steward towards the launch of an all-girls Baseball league in our home town of San Francisco it further outraged me that girls would be discouraged from playing Baseball at all.
(Thanks to the valiant efforts of The City’s Park & Rec. department and the city’s partners, PAL and FLAME; the daily efforts of Cara Gerken, Director of the Excelsior Sports Collaborative and no less the gratitude to Team Up For Youth for the funding and leadership mentoring: we now have such a league…)