Monday, November 17, 2008

Yoshida: The Tide Is Changing

First girl ever drafted pro in Japanese baseball

Ain't this some stuff? That ball must really knuckle when it comes out of her hand. I'm talking about something unhittable. This is one of the world's most resistant-to-change cultures, taking in a female to pitch alongside males. Personally, I'm flabbergasted. You see young women turn pro all the time; golf, tennis, soccer, polo. But women and men aren't usually integrated in sports. Women have their own "section", because of the gender laws that govern each culture (a third cousin of the Civil Rights Movement).

But Japan? A 16-year-old girl...with men? It's going to be interesting to see how this one turns out.


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