Meet ESPN's First Female MLB Analyst Jessica Mendoza
Women are on the ultimate winning streak this summer, and there's no signs of the phenomenon stopping anytime soon.
From tennis superstar Serena Williams unbeatable track record, to Misty Copeland's new ABT title, and the U.S. women's soccer team victory at the World Cup, women are setting the bar high in the world of sports.
Worldwide leader in sports television ESPN joined in on this historic time when the network announced it hired its first ever female MLB analyst, Jessica Mendoza.
In a Q&A with Allure, Mendoza spoke about nerves, pressures and hopes for this new chapter of her career.
On feeling the pressure
"There is that pressure of like, 'Don't screw up.' Because you don’t want to be the first to do something and then have the door shut on your face because you were so bad. You want to be someone who busts the door open and allows hundreds to follow. People have told me, 'All females who have ever wanted to do this are depending on you right now,' so there is definitely some pressure."
On viewing herself as a role model
"I think all women want to get out of our own little bubble and challenge a man’s world. And I love challenges. I love that this isn't going to be easy. Being the first is going to be hard. I just want to keep pushing and progressing. I think this is a sport where we can really challenge all of ourselves as baseball fans, as baseball players, even the casual viewers. It’s just good to think, 'What can we do that hasn’t been done?' I want to challenge the way people think and see where this takes us."
Mendoz is a former collegiate 4-time First Team All-American softball player and Stanford alumna. She will make her debut TV appearance Tuesday at 10 p.m. on ESPN 2 at the St. Louis Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks game.
For the full Q&A, click here.
Photo Credit: Associated Press, Allure.com