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There’s no sexism in baseball!

Actually, there’s a lot, which is why I’m starting a blog. I grew up on baseball—the Cardinals, specifically—and, along with my older sister, I learned the ins and outs of the game from my mother. (Over the years, she brought my father into the fold, too, but there’s no mistaking the fact that baseball-mania is entirely matrilineal in our family.) In St. Louis, where baseball is religion and bad ballpark beer is communion wine, a girl can be a passionate and knowledgeable baseball fan without raising as many eyebrows as she might elsewhere, but the older I got and the more I immersed myself in the baseball culture of the real and virtual worlds, the more weary I got of the testosterocentricity of it all.

“Chicks dig the long ball”? Not really—I’d rather see a squeeze play almost any day. Pink bats for breast cancer? Lord, don’t get me started. “Hey, you know a lot about baseball for a girl”? Yeah, I’m guessing I’m not the only one who’s been on the receiving end of that charming pat on the head, usually after I’ve corrected the speaker’s stats or explained a scoring decision to him.

So I’m digging out my own little dugout, a place to wield my feminist fungo bat. Some posts will specifically address the role of women in today’s business of baseball, and others will simply offer baseball talk that’s guaranteed to be free of sexist language, irritating stereotypes, and the color pink. There will be rants, raves, musings, memories, and almost certainly a heavy Cardinal bias, for which I credit my excellent upbringing. Grab a glove and come along.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. September 2, 2010 2:29 pm

    WELCOME.

    • fearlessleader permalink*
      September 2, 2010 2:41 pm

      Hey, Metsgrrl, what a freaking awesome blog you’re running over there! I’m working on a blogroll and I hope you’ll allow me to include your site. Also, uh, sorry for spending most of the ’80s calling your team “pond scum”…..

  2. September 11, 2010 9:20 am

    Glad to see you jumping into the blogosphere! It is frustrating to be on the end of those comments. Our team was at a Cards game in August and had the group of ‘gentlemen’ sitting next to us make the offer to answer any questions we might have. After several innings of their idiocy we showed them our site. That shut them up. 😉

    Looking forward to reading more of your insights!

  3. September 11, 2010 10:20 am

    Just reading this makes me think of growing up as the only guy in a house full of women and girls. My mom and aunt had me scoring the games when I was little. I got respect for ya 😉

  4. fearlessleader permalink*
    September 11, 2010 10:28 am

    Angela and Educlaytion—thanks! Love both your blogs!

  5. December 21, 2011 11:17 am

    Hey there, first time reader, definitely not the last. Love the concept of this blog (although I will disregard the fact that you’re a Cards fan, go Dodgers!) As a lifelong baseball fan, it’s nice to see there are other women out there who can talk the talk! Keep up the good work!

  6. joystickenvy permalink
    June 3, 2014 5:11 pm

    Fellow female Cardinal fan here. Even though I’ve found the online Cardinal fan base to be generally more hostile than real life fans, I’m still constantly surprised and amused at the viritrol and condescending attitudes of some fans towards female fans of the team. Fortunately, I’ve only run into it online. Enjoying the blog. Keep up the good work!

    • June 3, 2014 5:19 pm

      Hey there—so nice to “meet” you! Looking forward to tweeting non-condescending things to each other. 🙂

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