N.Y. Times: Justine Siegal pitches BP to Indians

From Glenn Swain at the New York Times on February 22:

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Justine Siegal felt a chill of excitement when she saw her dark blue Cleveland Indians jersey. She changed in the umpires’ locker room and emerged with a confident gait, her blond pigtails shining in the Arizona morning sun. Siegal, 36, smiled as she prepared for her debut Monday, her 13-year-old daughter, Jasmine, following close by her side.

A longtime advocate for girls playing baseball, Siegal explained her fantasy campaign. “I had a dream and felt like giving it a go,” she said. “I see this as more of a mental exercise than a physical one.”

A few minutes later, she walked on Practice Field No. 2 and became what was believed to be the first woman to throw batting practice to a major league team.

Read the full article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/22/sports/baseball/22pitcher.html

For more on SABR member Justine Siegal’s quest to become the first woman to pitch batting practice to a major league team, read her blog here: http://justinebaseball.mlblogs.com

Originally published: February 22, 2011. Last Updated: February 22, 2011.