She’s in a league of her own
Lessons are ordered:
Lesson 1: New ball club: the Staten Island FerryHawks. Affiliated with Major League Baseball.
Lesson 2: President: Eric Shuffler.
Lesson 3: Co-Owners: John Catsimatidis, Yankees, Pete Davidson, Colin Jost, Michael Che, Dany Garcia.
Lesson 4: On this team – The Atlantic League’s premier player is Miss Kelsie Whitmore.
Facts: Californian. Born 1998. 5-foot-7, 140 lbs. Father’s name is Scott, mother’s Mirasol, brother Matthew. She’s a pitcher, utility player. Cal State Fullerton College. Postgraduate in baseball for Team USA with Sonoma Stompers and Portland Pickles. Has silver medal, gold medal, championship ring. The first day with the FerryHawks beat the first hitter she faced.
Kelsie: “I played my first ball outside with my dad and brother when I was 4 years old. Every day Dad threw one and I ran around the bases. Screwing up made me better. Even traveling, playing with a group of boys, my parents supported me.
“The high school presented situations. You get those cold looks. My team supported me, but the opposing boys always spoke well. Comes with the territory even though I didn’t answer. I don’t gossip. I just worked as hard as I could. I prefer talking to my game. Where you go in life can depend on how you respond to it. I’m a couch potato. I told my parents I didn’t want any negative vibes.”
And how did our new FerryHawks find them?
“Social media,” she told me. “Writers, baseball references have covered me. One day, her general manager texted that my name was recommended and, “We’d like to speak to you. Give us a call.” I called right away. I had offers from other leagues. I sent them a video, info, my mechanics. I said I want to play in a higher league. High profile players. I really want the right culture. So we started talking every day for a month and a half.
“They checked with outsiders, people in the baseball world. I haven’t been to New York personally. My parents and home are in Temecula.”
OK, she’s been here for almost a week now. How do you like New York?
“I love your pizza. But you say what you want to say. They are bossy people. I’m used to respect. And I come from Temecula’s warm, clean environment. It’s cold here. Also garbage around. Someone should pick it up.”
It was suggested that she forgets to knock on our town.
“The team has been generous and supportive. My own dressing room, dressing room. My own changing area, showers, my own toilet. Off the pitch they made me comfortable. Good quilt, right environment for me to sleep. I checked everything.
“On the hill I visualize success. Go with the mood. Play hard. handle things well. And I always wear a certain necklace with a ring on it. Someone special gave it to me. And I always wear my hair down. If that’s in my mouth, I’ll take care of it.
“Also, I call important people in my life before a big game. You write to me and support me. That way I can breathe a little when I’m stressed. My dad is coming over to me to be on opening day.”
For everyone humming “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” that’s April 21st.
In his very first starting game, this brand new rookie threw the first five guys he faced. The manager took him out of the game. As he walked away, he angrily threw his glove on the ground and yelled, “Damn! He takes me out if I have a no-hitter.”
Only in New York, kids, only in New York.
https://nypost.com/2022/04/11/welcome-whitmore-this-woman-is-making-baseball-history-in-nyc/ Welcome Whitmore – This woman is making baseball history in New York