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The Tattoo

--- Making a Permanent Impression Since 1994 ---

August 14, 2000

Baseball or bust

-- Opinion --

By Danielle Letourneau

The Tattoo

Women deserve their own baseball team.

There are women's softball teams but baseball is different. In
Bristol, at least, teams usually have only one or two girls on
a team of mostly boys. Bristol also has adult baseball teams
for men, but not women.

Most people don't see a problem. They think baseball and
softball are just about the same thing. Those people are

First of all, pitching is different.

In baseball, pitches are overhand, harder and faster. In
softball, pitches are underhand and a little softer and slower.

Most girls would like the chance to pitch overhand in a game
because that's the way they're used to throwing the ball.

Another difference is a softball is about twice the size of a

Most girls would appreciate the challenge of a ball twice as
large, which won't go as far as easily.

Usually you don't see softball on television or hear it on the
radio. They have women's basketball  and swimming and
many other sports, but it's about time they had women's
baseball. If women played baseball, they'd get more coverage
in the media.

The move toward separate women's baseball teams should
start in schools. Girls want to begin playing but no one hears

It's time to change things. Women should be allowed to
compete separately against one another in the same manner
as men.

Until then, I'll go on pitching -- underhanded.