August 10, 2014 – 11:18 pm
My athletic career did not get off to an auspicious start.
See, as per the rules of the 1988 Mundelein Little League, every t-ball team had to have at least one girl on it. My team, the White Sox, did not fit that particular rule and stood the risk of forfeiture if it played without one.
So on the eve of the season, the coach took a look down the roster to find the most expendable player who could be traded to one of the teams with two girls on the roster. That, of course, being me.
And thus before even playing the first Little League game of my career, I was traded for a girl.
But thanks to Mo’Ne Davis, I can feel a lot better about being the youngest player traded in the history of organized baseball. For now I can tell everyone “Oh yeah, that girl they traded for me was good, like Mo’Ne Davis.”
The 13-year-old Davis pitched Philadelphia’s Taney Youth Baseball Association Little League to the Little League World Series on Sunday afternoon, tossing a three-hit shutout while striking out six in her team’s 8-0 regional win over Newark, Delaware.
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