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Monday, November 17, 2014

Lisa Saxon, the Woman Who Helped Change Sports Writing Forever

The meeting was brief, and the message was simple: “Lisa, from here on in, you’re not fighting alone. To get to you, Reggie’s gonna have to come through us. We’re tired of watching it.”

“And at the ballpark that night, Reggie tried to come after me, screaming [about the story]. And sure enough, here comes Hendrick and Candelaria, tall and imposing. ‘To get to her, you’re gonna have to go through us.’ Reggie got so mad. He took his fist and banged it into the wall. And that’s why he had a hurt hand for the playoffs that year.”

Some six years later, when she returned to Anaheim to do a story on Mark McGwire and visit her friend, A’s pitcher Bobby Welch, Jackson was there—and immediately yelled for Lisa’s attention, apparently ready to make amends. Something was awry, Saxon told Welch, because it was the first time Jackson hadn’t referred to her as “#####.” Jackson immediately queried Saxon, wondering if there was a problem between them.

“Well you have to be more specific, Reggie,” she said. “Was there a problem when you cursed at me, yelled at me, told me I looked like a man, told me to have the team bus run over me, when you mocked my clothes, asked me to sleep with you when I repeatedly told you to leave me alone, when you undressed in front of me?”

Jackson pleaded ignorance: “Reggie doesn’t do those things,” he said in his usual third-person dialect. “Reggie never did those things. But if he did, Reggie apologizes.”

Reggie Jackson channeling Rickey Henderson.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 17, 2014 at 04:02 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, females in baseball, reggie jackson, sportswriting

Monday, August 11, 2014

Girls power Little League contenders

Mo’ne Davis and Kayla Roncin almost couldn’t help but run into each other last week in Bristol, Connecticut.

As the only two girls among the hundreds of kids on the 52 U.S. teams remaining in the race to the Little League World Series, Davis, 13, who plays for the Taney Youth Baseball Association in Philadelphia, and Roncin, 12, from Toms River, New Jersey, are both competing in the Mid-Atlantic regional. Sunday’s final will send the winner to Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

“We said ‘Hi’ and took a couple pictures,” Davis said. “It’s definitely really cool being the only girls there and showing we can hang with all these boys.”

They can do more than hang.

With the New Jersey Little League championship on the line a little more than a week ago, Roncin was brought in to pitch to the opposing team’s cleanup hitter—with a 2-0 count, two outs, the bases loaded and the tying run on third in the bottom of the final inning.

Roncin, a 5-foot-9, 120-pound seventh-grader-to-be, already had crushed a two-run home run when her one and only pitch—a low fastball—got the batter to pop up. A diving catch by center fielder Jon Giordano secured the 7-6 victory….

In the state championship game, Kayla had to deal with a loud group of hecklers, booing when she took the mound then laughing when she bounced in her first three warm-up pitches.

“I was really nervous,” she said. “But I was just thinking that if I didn’t pitch, we wouldn’t win. So I just had to do it for the team and see what happened.”

Her teammates, most of whom have played with Roncin for the past five years, “have her back,” said coach Pete Avallone. “Her athletic ability stands alone, but her personality fits right in with the team.”

Davis tossed a three-hit shutout yesterday to send her team to the Little League World Series

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2014 at 09:43 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: females in baseball, little league

 

 

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