NEW YORK (AP) Jessica Mendoza was a teenager and wondering whether it was cool to play sports when she heard an Olympic softball player speak about her love of the game.Now she’s heading to the World Series to give updates for ”Baseball Tonight” on ESPN, shortly after becoming the first female analyst to call a nationally televised MLB postseason game.Mendoza listened to shortstop Dot Richardson, who led the U.S. to the gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Games, and the Olympian’s enthusiasm for the sport ”allowed me at a young age to own my passion.”The 34-year-old Mendoza called the Houston Astros’ 3-0 victory over the New York Yankees in the American League wild-card matchup with John Kruk and Dan Shulman on Oct. 6. She and Kruk had developed a rapport from working together for two years during the NCAA Women’s College World Series.”He has zero notes,” Mendoza said of Kruk, who batted .300 in his career with San Diego, Philadelphia and the Chicago White Sox. ”Others have pages and pages, he comes in just sees the game and reacts. It’s a good balance, I can come in more with numbers or some background and play off him.”The Stanford four-time All-American… Read full this story
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