Hero of the day: Mackenzie Brown

The 12-year-old girl pitched a perfect game for her little league team this week. Next up? Throwing out the first ball for the Mets.

Published April 25, 2009 12:32AM (EDT)

It's a stunning spring day in many parts of the country. (Here in New York, we are heading into a predicted, disturbingly hot high-80s weekend, but still ... the sunshine.) Perhaps that's what makes this story all the more exhilarating. Thanks to Jezebel for letting us know about Mackenzie Brown, the 12-year-old Bayonne, N.J., girl who just pitched a perfect game -- one of the breathcatchingly rare treats of baseball -- for her little league team on Tuesday and who has now been invited to throw out the first pitch for the Mets on Saturday. Mackenzie, who's getting a ton of well-deserved attention, has said that the biggest thrill so far hasn't been the plaudits but "probably just being able to throw like that." Damn straight. Keep it up, and thanks for sending us into a spring weekend with such good cheer (and sweet dreams about the future of the New York Metropolitans. Cough).


By Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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