Females and Baseball

It was the proverbial perfect storm. Rare unpredictable factors aligned to create the situation. I was smack dab in the middle.

Here is a recounting of events that transpired.

*As Major League Baseball teams revved up for spring training, I had these fleeting thoughts: “Why are there still no females in this game? Why is MLB getting by with that?”

*I chanced upon a discussion on that topic on 91.9 KASU during the NPR program 1A on 3/8/2018. Among the interviewed were Jennifer Ring, author of Stolen Bases: Why American Girls Don’t Play Baseball, and several top-notch young female players blazing a trail for pure love of the game.

*3/8/2018 was International Women’s Day.

*On this day I chose ‘tzimmes’ as word of the day for the Poplar Bluff Toastmasters meeting. It means fuss, uproar or hullabaloo.

*During the club’s tabletopics segment, I was asked my thoughts on women’s rights. Time limit is 2 minutes. The theme for March is light and fun, so I tried to honor that in my improvised reply. I did mention the noticeable lack of women in MLB since it was a topic fresh on my mind.

*I was the only female present at this particular gathering.

The perfect storm developed just as the meeting adjourned. My female readers will most likely understand that my arguments about equal opportunity fell on deaf ears that most likely sting from fear of hearing “You throw like a girl,” or “You let a girl strike you out?” For the record, the girls interviewed said their teammates backed them up once their talent was evident; it was the parents (dads) in the bleachers who had the issues. Many males have little understanding of the subjective societal limitations that many females battle. And we all know dollars direct management decisions, though the first MLB to sign a female might see a spike in attendance just for curiosity’s sake.

We can sit in the fighter pilot’s seat, we can march in combat, but we can’t play ball with the big boys. The glass ceiling is still there, though it might have a crack or two.

So, gals out there, if you are feeling the urge to stir up a tzimmes and get some insights to male minds, bring up the topic in mixed company and be ready to fight the ensuing tsunami.

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About Teresa Pearson Lee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. You might still find me at the reservation desk when spring rolls around. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content coordinator for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist/stringer for the local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness. The material in this blog written by Teresa Lee is her property and cannot be used without express written consent to do so.
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