Monday, November 17, 2008

Smashing Barriers in Nihon: A High School Girl Drafted by the Pros!

Yoshida Eri, a 16-year-old high school girl, has been drafted by a new professional baseball league here in Japan. She's a sidearmed knuckleballer who threw a hitless inning against the competition during her tryout.

But she hasn't let the attention go to her head. As she humbly said at a press conference: "I always dreamed of becoming a professional. I have only just been picked by the team and haven't achieved anything yet."

This is exciting news. It's a breakthrough and shows how far we've come here on planet Earth. But if you want to see how far we still have to go and why in simply being drafted she's accomplished something important, scroll down to the comments section if you dare. Imagine if your every move were accompanied by an outpouring of that kind of ignorance and hostility.

Anyway, to end on a positive note, "Ganbatte, Yoshida-san!"

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