Mo’ne Davis has taken the sports world by storm over the past couple of weeks at the 2014 Little League World Series. The 13-year old right-hander has been mowing down opposing Little Leaguers left and right, which always makes for a good story. But because Davis happens to be a female, it’s a really big story. This is a good thing for the sport of baseball.
Davis took the mound Wednesday night for Pennsylvania, and while the world wasn’t watching, a ton of extra fans no doubt tuned in to watch the star of the LLWS.
It’s crazy to think that Pennsylvania’s game this past Sunday night, which aired on ESPN2, actually drew more viewers than Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN. That not only speaks volumes about the interest she’s generating, it also says a lot about the state of MLB.
So if you don’t think she’s good for the sport, it’s hard to say what it would take to change your mind.
Regardless of gender, young kids around the country (and hopefully the world) are taking note of her efforts. For a sport that’s losing young participants at an alarming rate, it’s really been best-case-scenario so far during the LLWS.
As far as her performance on the hill Wednesday in the U.S. semifinal, it wasn’t her best of the LLWS. Davis was roughed up a bit early, allowing three runs through two innings, but she settled down and fanned six batters before her night ended in the third.
Even though her time at the 2014 LLWS is winding down, her story won’t be ending this August. She has aspirations to play college basketball and eventually in the WNBA one day.