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.”
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