16 year old Japanese girl pitcher signed to pro baseball team
Old 11-19-2008, 08:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The knuckleball -- the fluttering, hard-to-hit pitch that's rare in the major leagues -- is propelling a 16-year-old girl to the pros in Japan.

Eri Yoshida was inspired to learn how to throw the knuckler after seeing a video of Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield. On Monday, she broke the gender barrier by being drafted for an independent league team as Japan's first female professional baseball player.

"Hope I can see her pitch one day," Wakefield said in a message he texted to the Red Sox that was relayed to The Associated Press. "I'm honoured that someone wants to become me. I wish her the best of luck. Maybe I can learn something from her."
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Old 11-20-2008, 12:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Message to Tim Wakefield: Dude, she never said that she wants to become you...she said she was inspired to learn how to throw a pitch because she saw you do it. BIG difference.

Anyway, she'll get rocked all over the place off the start (like any knuckle baller), then quit and find inspiration in Shonen Knife and pick up a guitar.
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