I came across this story on Deadspin today:
On Tuesday Mackenzie Brown became the first girl to throw a perfect game in Bayonne Little League history. Her reward? Today she gets to pitch for the New York Mets. She’ll throw out the first pitch before the Mets take on the Washington Nationals at CitiField — finally Jerry Manuel has a reliable starter — as part of a whirlwind publicity tour that has included newspaper and TV interviews and a mention on SportsCenter. MORE
It’s the second heartwarming story I’ve read about an amateur athlete this week. Here’s the first (from CBS News):
A Tampa-area high school pitcher threw his way into the state record books, pitching a fourth straight no-hitter
Monday, reports CBS affiliate WTSP.
Patrick Schuster, a senior at Mitchell high school in New Port Richey, Fla., struck out 17 Pasco batters Monday in the 5-0 victory. He broke a 24-year-old state record held by Ben Webb, who threw three straight no-hitters for Gonzales Tate High School in 1985.
During his streak, Schuster has recorded 60 strikeouts and now has 30 straight hitless innings as the Mustangs wrapped up a regular-season district championship. MORE