Did you follow the Little League World Series last week? Honestly, baseball isn’t my favorite sport (by a long shot…), so it’s not something I pay a lot of attention to under ordinary circumstances. But then I kept seeing news items about Mo’ne Davis of Pennsylvania’s Taney Dragons all over the place, and then Sports Illustrated put her on the cover of their August 25th issue.
To be fair, not a lot of 13-year-old girls can pitch at 70 miles an hour, and she’s only the 18th girl ever (and only the 4th American one) to play in the Little League World Series.
Here’s why we think she’s awesome, though: It’s not her athletic ability (which is extensive) or even her beyond-her-years poise in a high-pressure situation (also amazing), it’s the fact that—at least by the news accounts and footage available—she knows what she likes, she’s humble about her talent, and aside from being a phenom who’s being stalked by the media, she seems like a happy, regular kid.
Congratulations to Mo’ne and the rest of the Taney Dragons on a great showing in the Series. Mo’ne, you’re awesome! And we can’t wait to see what you do next.