8-year-old baseball playing sensation Ashlynn Jolicoeur made internet rounds earlier this week when video of her running down fly balls at a training facility went viral.
Ashlynn, 7, was told that “girls shouldn’t be playing baseball.”— Baseball For All (@baseballfor_all) July 22, 2019
Here’s her response: pic.twitter.com/KHCcZBBgZe
Her story was as good as the video itself.
After winning MVP at a regional final, a parent (it’s always a parent) piped up and suggested that a girl is better served to be playing softball than trying to hack it at hardball. The team she was playing on cut her when tryouts came around the next season.
Ashlynn wasn’t having that for a second, and the team at Baseball For All - a baseball program that supports girls playing baseball - scooped her up as a free agent and put her to work shagging down fly balls along with an invite to its annual tournament. With over 350 members, it’s the largest girls baseball tournament in the United States.
As if the hustle didn’t give it away, Ashlynn is from Toronto, showcasing the skills of a tried and true Canadian ballplayer.
On Wednesday night, the Blue Jays called her up to the big leagues, giving her the royal treatment with on-field access pre-game and great seats.
Oh, and she also got to meet her favourite player.
That special moment when you meet your favourite player ❤️— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 25, 2019
Ashlynn, meet Vladdy 🤗 pic.twitter.com/wgPYDDumEz
Just a pair of young baseball stars with Canadian ties getting in reps and talking ball before the game.
Your message is right on the money, Ashlynn: Girls can do anything, including getting on a major league field before learning how to drive.
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