Tuesday, August 17, 2010

not all about softball

I found yet another story of a female knuckleballer that made it into Cooperstown, but what makes Chelsea Baker a little more unique than Eri Yoshida is the fact that Chelsea is only 13. First of all, she gets props for not going with the flow and converting to softball. Not that I have anything wrong with softball, of course, but it's a different game, and I never really understood why girls aren't "supposed" to play baseball.*

I mean, just looking at the story and video ESPN posted is an inspiration. As if being a girl on a Little League baseball team wasn't hard enough, she goes right on as her team's most dominant pitcher and baffles batters with her knuckleball. It's pretty cool. With no losses the past 4 years and 2 perfect games under her belt, I wouldn't be surprised if she made it to the majors some day. Sure, getting past the whole softball snafu in high school and college might be a challenge, but it would be a shame to have to convert that talent. There's not many pitchers that can throw a knuckler that good.

*For the record, I feel that softball and baseball are equally difficult, just in different areas. They're horses of completely different colors. Guys aren't used to the trajectory and arm motion of fast-pitch as well as less reaction time due to the smaller field, and girls have a hard time working on a bigger field and faster pitching. What irks me about softball is the mere premise that it was created because girls aren't capable of playing with the guys. This story and several others, not to mention half of my history thesis paper last year, is all proof that girls can and will play baseball just as well, if not better, than the guys.

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