Recently, a twelve year old New Jersey Little League pitcher pitched a perfect game. For those of you who are not baseball fans, a perfect game occurs when a pitcher retires every batter in a game, without any of them reaching base. It is one of the rarest feats in baseball and it is a game that the pitcher will never forget.
The Little League pitcher threw out the ceremonial first pitch in a professional game featuring the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals. Moreover, the pitcher has appeared on weekday morning television shows and even been the subject of conversation on ESPN.
Yes, even for kids, a perfect game is a big deal. That said, several perfect games are thrown every year in Little League baseball games. Why, you might ask, is this particular perfect game getting so much attention? In this case, the pitcher was twelve year old Mackenzie Brown – a girl playing a game that is usually reserved for boys. More importantly, she is a girl who – for at least that one game – “put a real hurting on the boys” (as one of my old coaches would have said).
Young Mackenzie Brown is not the first female to challenge males in sports that are usually dominated by men. Manon Rh