Knuckle Princess Eri Yoshida Was Inspired By Tim Wakefield’s Knuckle Ball
The first female to pitch for a professional baseball league in ten years was inspired by Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield. The “Knuckle Princess” Eri Yoshida made her decision to be a professional baseball
player and join a man’s world when she was only thirteen years old after seeing Wakefield throw a “knuckle” ball. That pitch is also known as “devil” ball because it’s so hard to hit.
And Eri knew if she could master what Tim Wakefield did, she could compete with boys as a knuckle ball pitcher. Then Eri thought of a new knuckle ball technique and taught herself to throw it using her own style. She grips the ball with three fingers and her thumb, but doesn’t use her pinky finger. She pitched it at least 50 times every day in her basement training room. Five years later, her decision to throw like Tim Wakefield led to a USA debut with Chico Outlaws / Golden Baseball League. What a gutsy decision! What a powerful life force energy she carried! Even though I have very little knowledge of baseball. I am very impressed by her mindset in causing her own success. It’s not just about baseball. She’s an example of a great way of being.
What about you? Have you done anything like this?
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