Florida high-school baseball pitcher Chelsea Baker is female. She throws a knuckleball. She’s pitched two perfect games. It’s obvious, but it needs to be said: she did it against male hitters. So there. She’s fucking awesome.
Baker, 17, threw batting practice against the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, and plunked Evan Longoria. No one complained. One day man. One day. Baseball, with the advent of extreme shifts, and a great equalizing pitch like the knuckler, could be the first professional sport to be integrated.
Baker might even be the one to break the gender barrier. I’d take her over Scott Baker any day.
Update (5:15 p.m. PST): Cobb has been diagnosed with a mild concussion, the Tampa Bay Rays announced. By all accounts, he seems to be doing just fine, even though in truth there’s no such thing as a ‘mild’ brain injury.
Tampa Bay Rays SP Alex Cobb’s week has gone from worst to hell Saturday.
After completing his start Monday, the Rays informed him that his grandmother has passed away. Upon his next start Saturday against the Kansas City Royals, Cobb was struck in the head by a line drive off Royals 1B Eric Hosmer.
The extent of his injuries haven’t been determined. The Rays announced that Cobb’s been taken to a St. Petersburg area hospital for further observations.