Once in a while, we contributors to Cleveland Sports Torture emerge Gollum-like from our pit of self loathing to deliver a positive and inspiring Cleveland-related story. Indeed, sometimes the people on the fringes of sport are more compelling than the “famous” athletes we pay good money to watch. This is one of those moments:
Justine Siegal is making a habit out of breaking glass ceilings. In the summer of 2009, the Cleveland Heights native helmed first base for the CanAm League’s Brockton Rox to become professional baseball’s first female coach. The experience only lasted two months, but it powered her already strong belief that girls and young women belong on the baseball diamond.
Next week will mark another “first” for both Siegal and women’s baseball when the ex-pitcher throws batting practice for the Cleveland Indians.
In an age of mercenary free agents, rampant lockout talks and a generally morose Cleveland sports’ scene, it’s cool to see someone pursue her passion so purely in an attempt to buck the odds.
Good luck, Justine!