Mo’Ne is an honor roll student entering eight grade at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy. Her fastball registers about 70 miles per hour on the radar gun; her curveball buckles the knees of opposing batters; her line-drives clear fences for home-runs.
Mo’Ne has played baseball with the Anderson Monarchs, a travel team based out of the Marion Anderson Recreational Center in South Philly, since the age of seven. “A lot of the time opposing players don’t realize it’s a girl; they assume it’s a boy with long hair,” says her longtime coach Steve Bandura. The initial shock of learning that kid with the crazy baseball skills is a girl quickly wears off according to Coach Bandura. After a game or two, the other kids just see her as a really good player.
The spectacle of watching Mo’Ne bat and pitch spread like wildfire during games at Skippack, with 9- and 10-year-old boys, sporting their own little league uniforms, sprinting behind the batting cage to check out “that girl” for each of her at bats and pitches.
Love the name Mo’Ne. It oozes dominance.
Let’s hit it!
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Are you overreacting about the Eagles’ pre-season game yet? Because the local media is:
Ryan Howard is hate-playing as we speak. Two walk-offs and a game-winning slam last week. The Phillies are 12 games under .500. Howard’s walk-off. Charlie Manuel’s Wall of Fame induction (notice all the empty seats). And is it just me or are two of the greatest pitchers in Phillies history starting to look like aliens?
Awesome news for soccer fans– Men in Blazers are moving from ESPN to NBC.
The average college basketball player is worth $212k. Unfortunately, average is terribly difficult to define since there’s such a massive gap between the best and worst players. In other words: every athlete doesn’t deserve the average pay.
Jerry Jones says those photos were “misrepresented.” That’s very close to the Shaggy defense.
You play ball like a girl— and that was one of the highest compliments Phillips received that day.
Wait a minute, the husband who called police is the one who killed that woman in the Northeast? There’s
a twist not at all a twist.
Peyton and Eli made a sequel to their rap commercial:
Jersey fouls abound:via (@4for4Phillyfan) via (@Frosty66live) via (@placroix21)
A new episode(!) of Crossing Steams. Jim and I discuss Amaro’s idiocy, Philly sports jerseys, sports video games and the Sixers’ weird, weird offseason. Listen, download or grab the feed here. We recommend listening with Marco Arment’s Overcast app on iPhone. It has Voice Boost, so my voice sounds as velvety deep as Jim’s, and Smart Speed, which automatically skips past long pauses.
Going on now, Springfield Country Club.