I have said it once, and I will say it again, the 2017 season has been nothing short of insanity for Pittsburgh Pirates’ fans. Week by week, the Buccos have sent their fans through an emotional roller-coaster of highs and lows, as if it were an unstable high school relationship. Since the all-star break, the Pirates have been able to play themselves into and out of the chase for the NL Central multiple times.Read More
Baseball has long been considered America’s pastime. Sadly, many tend to think it is time to move on from such a slow paced sport. In the modern age, everything is about speed, and a three-hour window filled with nine minutes of action isn't exactly lightning in a bottle type of entertainment. Despite its slow pace, there’s still something about a baseball game that draws in people from around the country. Baseball is a sport that offers something to everyone.Read More
There are things in the sports world that absolutely make me sick. One of those things is when adults take advantage of innocent children for their own gain. News of the most glaring example of this crap broke this morning when it was announced that Little League Baseball would be stripping the U.S. Little League World Series Title from the Jackie Robinson West baseball team. They have also suspended the team’s coach, Darold Butler.Read More
It’s that time of year again! It’s time for long lines, busy stores, and hordes of people who remind you more of the surly elves from the movie Christmas Story than cheerful shoppers. The Christmas season can certainly be a hectic time, especially when you’ve got a lot of people on your list that need presents. Well, that’s where Our Sports Report comes in to save the day!Read More
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Every sport has a way of bringing the old and new together. One of the more classical baseball razzings was made famous by the movie The Sandlot when Hamilton Porter told his rival Phillips, “you play ball like a girl!” As comical as we all found it growing up, I have learned that there are in fact some girls that can wipe the baseball diamond with any guy she meets. While some people find that hard to believe, that statement couldn’t be proven more true from what we have witnessed out of Mo’ne Davis at this year’s Little League World Series.
Coming into this summer’s Little League World Series, Davis had already made news for becoming the 18th girl to ever play in the summer classic, and while that made her a statistic, her play on the field has turned her into a superstar. The 13 year-old from Philadelphia’s Taney Youth Baseball Association represented the Dragons proudly has she threw a three-pitch shutout performance to elevate her team to Williamsport, Pennsylvania. When she got there, Davis didn’t disappoint.
Last Friday as the team from Philadelphia took on the team from South Nashville, Tennessee, Mo’ne and her 70-MPH fastball was on display for the whole world to see. Regardless of gender, it is pretty hard to improve on what Davis had already accomplished, but with a two-pitch shutout and eight strikeouts, she did just that. The media flocked to Davis like a moth to a flame and like any 13 year-old would do, she enjoyed every moment. On top of her amazing play on the field, the one thing that impressed me most of all was when ESPN asked her how she was handling the spotlight and just like any young grounded person, she said, “I can always say no.”
With Davis’s recent rise of popularity, there is some concern that these 11, 12 and 13 year-olds are receiving too much exposure and it may be too much for these young kids to handle. First of all, if there wasn’t a girl stealing the show this year, I don’t believe there would be any issue, and secondly, have these people ever met a kid before?
As good as these kids are, chances are pretty good that most of them will never make it past high school or college baseball, if that. Just like Davis, the rest of these young ballplayers are getting their once in a lifetime chance to play and goof off in front of live television cameras and be seen all over the world. Let’s just take a moment to remember that these are just kids enjoying the end of their summer and the game they love, and not worried about endorsements for shoes and soda pop.
I have always enjoyed the Little League World Series for it’s level of purity and love for the game, and with what Mo’ne Davis has accomplished so far, it has made it that much more exciting. We here at ‘Our Sports Report’ are huge fans of Davis and wish her nothing but the best as she continues to impress on the diamond and break down those constant barriers. Playing baseball like a girl used to be an insult, but I think it is safe to say that Mo’ne Davis has changed the game.