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June 30th, 2021 at 8:27:53 AM permalink
In 1961, A ten-year-old girl named Gwen wrote to the NY Yankee General Manager asking why she couldn't be a batboy. She received a nice letter back explaining how while a girl could do the job, she simply wouldn't be comfortable being surrounded by men.
She kept the letter and had it framed and displayed as evidence of her lifelong love of the Yankees.
As her seventieth birthday approached, her daughter sent a copy of her 1961 letter to current Yankee GM Brian Cashman.
This time, the response was quite different. He agreed that a persons sex, or even their age shouldn't prevent them from following a dream so on Monday night the now 70-year-old woman not only served as an honorable batboy but she also threw out the first pitch.
She sat in the dugout for the game and even brought spare baseballs out to the umpire. Her story seemed to go from person to person because each time she stepped on the field the ovations for her grew.
Never give up on your dreams, and inspire others to have them.
If a seventy-year-old woman can be a New York Yankee batboy, any dream can come true.
The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction is supposed to make sense.
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June 30th, 2021 at 8:56:13 AM permalink
Can she pitch or play outfield? The Yanks need all the help they can get right now. :)

I kid, but it was a feel good story and a nice gesture by the club.

Another big baseball story in NY right now is Ohtani. Wow, he is doing special things.
He pitches tonight. Must watch baseball for me.
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June 30th, 2021 at 10:14:22 AM permalink
Ironically, any 10-year-old girl wanting to follow in her footsteps that applies today will be turned down - not because of her gender, but because now you have to be at least 14 years old (a restriction imposed after Barry Bonds's three-year-old son was a batboy and nearly got involved in a collision at home plate).
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