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Throwing Like a Girl

Siegal looking in. (Norm Hall/Getty)

Justine Siegal, 36, grew up loving and playing (whenever she got the chance) a game that society dictates is for boys; baseball. As an adult, her passion for the game continues to grow, so much so that she created a 501(c)3, Baseball for All, which is dedicated to providing females more opportunities within the sport. “What I want is girls’ baseball across America,” she said in an interview, “If you tell a girl she can’t play baseball, what else is she going to believe she can’t do?” She’s right.

This week, Justine is being given a chance of a lifetime and a platform to promote her cause; she’s throwing batting practice to the Cleveland Indians and Oakland Athletics (kudos to those teams), becoming the first woman (that anyone knows of) to do so. Said Siegal of the opportunity, “When I throw, now all of a sudden we have a dialogue [about} how much girls and women love baseball and how they want to be a part of it.”

On the mound, wearing a patch in honor of Christina Taylor Green, the young girl who died in the Tucson shooting and the only female on her little league team, Siegal whirled four-seamer after four-seamer, trying to hit as many bats as possible. All in all, she tossed roughly 30 minutes to minor leaguers and 20 minutes to some big leaguers. “She did great,” said catcher Paul Phillips, “She would have fit right in if you had not seen her ponytails.”

For those that don’t know, tossing BP to Major League ballplayers is a big deal, but what she’s doing for the game is even bigger. Baseball is a sport that should be played and loved by whoever wants to do so, regardless of their color, gender or physical abilities. Her love for the game, as well as her hard work and determination, is opening the door for more and more people, especially females, to be able to share in her passion.

Here at The Good In Sports, we’re giving Justine a Gold Star and hope she continues to promote the game and open doors for women throughout the sport. After all, “Diamonds ARE a girl’s best friend.”

For more information on Justine’s story visit:

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About Joe C.

A passionate San Francisco Giants fan who had a great 2010! Flew his butt from Florida to San Fran to see games 1 and 2 of the 2010 World Series and was in the stands for Roy Halladay’s perfect game in Miami. For him, baseball is life! Also a big fan of Hoosiers basketball and Penn State football. Favorite all-time athletes? Cal Ripken, Will Clark and Barry Bonds.

Discussion

3 thoughts on “Throwing Like a Girl

  1. Bravo to Justine Siegal! She follows in the footsteps of Jackie Mitchell, who was one of the first (if not the first) female pitchers in professional baseball.

    Mitchell was best known for striking out both Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth in an exhibition game against the NY Yankees. Following that game, the baseball commissioner declared her contract void, saying that women were not fit to play ball.

    Women like Justine Siegal can bring a whole new dimension to professional ball. I hope to see more talent like her in the near future!

    Posted by Pete Van Mark | March 7, 2011, 8:30 am
  2. JC,

    This is a great piece on Justine. She truly is doing some really neat stuff.

    I thought you’d be interested to know that we’ve been helping Justine Siegal launch a girls baseball network at http://baseballforall.lockerdome.com. She wants to connect the 100,000+ participants in girls baseball. Pretty cool stuff.

    Here’s a neat profile from the network that shows the tremendous passion there is in girls baseball: http://baseballforall.lockerdome.com/ld/Profile/default/shawnamacurio.shawna_macurio.pl

    I’d love to chat with you about it, if you have a free minute :-). I can be reached at gabe [dot] lozano [at] lockerdome [dot] com.

    Cheers!
    Gabe

    Posted by Gabe Lozano | April 28, 2011, 9:11 pm
  3. Just read this for the first time. This rules so hard.

    Posted by Meredith Matthews | October 29, 2011, 11:07 pm

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