Baseball’s Newest “It Girl” Mo’Ne Davis Covers Sports Illustrated
Mo’Ne Davis is making all types of history these days. We told you how the thirteen year old, dominated the sports news cycle last week when she pitched a two-hitter in the Mid-Atlantic Final. Then Davis became the first girl to throw a shutout, striking out eight batters. Mo’Ne was throwing fastballs at 70 mph.
Just to put that into perspective, grown men in the pros, on average throw around 92 mph. In other words, Mo’Ne is no joke. As Michael Eric Dyson said on MSNBC, when reporting on Mo’Ne, “Girls, be throwing fire, son.” Amen.
And now she’ll make history again, becoming the first little leaguer to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated.
SI managing editor Chris Stone said it only made sense. “Last week, this week, maybe next week, she’s owned the sports conversation. How often do you get to say this about a 13-year-old girl? It’s the easiest step of story to identify as a cover story.”
The writer of Mo’Ne’s cover story, Albert Chen said that Mo’Ne “is a lot of things to a lot of different people, all of them good things: a totem for inner-city baseball, a role model for your 10-year-old niece, a role model for your 10-year-old nephew. Most of all she’s a laid back kid just having a really good time.”
While people are falling over themselves, waiting to see what Mo’Ne will do next, Davis says she doesn’t even know if she’ll continue playing baseball.
In fact, her dream is to play basketball for the University of Connecticut.
She told SI, “To be honest, I never though I’d be famous for baseball. I want to play basketball, and I could also do both basketball and baseball–but I really want to play basketball.”
With her recent accomplishments, Mo’Ne has a new level of celebrity and importance in the media, which she’s learning to deal with. But Mo’Ne’s quite self assured.
In a recent interview, ESPN’s Jaymee Sire asked Davis whether it was hard for her to handle all the media attention.
To which Mo’Ne responded: “Not really. I can always say no, so that’s like my special weapon for the media.”
Yaaassss!! If there’s one thing a young woman needs in life, it’s the ability to say no confidently, without providing any further explanation.
Still, Mo’Ne will have to develop a similarly special weapon for the fan reaction.
“People were like, ‘Oh there are going to be people running up to you taking pictures’ and I thought it was going to be a bunch of little kids. But it’s grown-ups! And that’s, like, creepy.”
Davis and her team are set to play again, against Nevada tomorrow evening. If she wins and they end up winning the entire Little League World Series, we’ll hope the adults learn to tuck their fandom in a bit so Mo’Ne can go back to being a girl, an exceptionally talented girl.