Connecticut Woman Lives Dream of New York Yankees Bat Girl After 60 Years
They say patience is a virtue. Well for one Connecticut woman, it took 60 years to realize her dream of being a bat girl for the New York Yankees.
The dream started 60 years ago back in 1961 when Gwen Goldman was only 10 years old and wrote a letter to the New York Yankees expressing her interest in becoming a bat girl for the team. Unfortunately, her bubble was burst when she received a letter back from then Yankees General Manager Roy Hamey, who according to nbcconnecticut.com, responded by telling her that basically baseball is a game dominated by men, and a young girl would feel out of place in the dugout. Though, he did state that a bat girl would be an attractive addition on the playing field. So basically she was rejected because she was a woman.
A lot has changed in the last 60 years for women and women's rights. Enter current Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman who had been forwarded an email written by Goldman's daughter telling him that it was still her mothers dream to become a bat girl for the Bronx Bombers.
Cashman responded by telling Gwen that "some dreams take longer then others", and "it's not too late to recognize and reward her for her courage of writing to the team some 60 years ago". Cashman also mentioned in the letter that he had a daughter himself and "hopes that every little girls would one day be given the opportunity to follow her dream."
Fast forward to Monday night, and the start of "Hope Week" at Yankee Stadium, when Gwen wearing a full Yankee uniform realized her life long dream.
She was asked to throw out the first pitch before the Yankees took on the Los Angeles Angels, she even stood right next to Yankees Manager Aaron Boone during the National Anthem.
The whole piece, from walking in the front door of the stadium at Gate 2, to coming up to a locker with my name on it, and suiting up, then walking out onto the field. It took my breath away. It’s obviously taking my words away also. I don’t know where to start, of which was the best, what did I enjoy the most? It was a thrill of a lifetime — times a million. And I actually got to be out in the dugout, too. I threw out a ball, I met the players. Yeah, it goes on and on. They had set up a day for me that is something that I never would have expected.
Before her bat girls career, Goldman worked as a social worker at Stepping Stones Pre-School in Westport. Here's the story as reported by News Channel 4 in New York City.