Sports Illustrated cover girl

agvtvdhnngr1swtnmj9oBet you weren’t expecting a 13 year old Little Leaguer from Philadelphia, but here she is.

Mo’Ne Davis is the first Little League player to ever make the Sports Illustrated cover. If you saw her last Thursday, you saw why. A two-hit shutout against a powerful Tennessee team. Don’t know if her team will get to the finals, but you should watch her pitch tonight at 7:30 against Las Vegas. The winner goes to the U.S. Championship game, but the loser has one more chance to get into the finals with a game tomorrow because it’s double elimination. The U.S. Championship game is Saturday. And the World Series final is Sunday.

Expect a huge crowd tomorrow. On Sunday, without Mo’Ne on the mound, the Philly team drew more than 30,000 spectators.

Here’s the last inning of the Tennessee game:

The kid is good. And she knows how to handle an interview.

Scoring a birdie in baseball

On July 5, Minor League Baseball’s Class-A Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres affiliate) met the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers affiliate) at Parkview Field in Fort Wayne, Ind. A bird is hit by a pitch. It did not take first base. And it was not OK when it was taken off the field. It was dead.

But at least it didn’t explode. Which did happen in one game, as the announcers explain. Actually, let’s go to the videotape:

Yoenis Cespedes has a cannon for an arm: Day 2

You saw the previous post where Yoenis Cespedes of the Oakland A’s throws out a California Angel after botching a play in the outfield.

He did it again the next day:

Here’s the odd thing. If he makes a clean play, the runners would have been in excellent scoring position. But he muffs plays he should easily make twice. The runners go, and he nails them with amazing throws.