prohibits crying, but Gwen Goldman should be exempt.
Goldman, 70, became an honorary bat girl for the New York Yankees
on Monday during the team's home game against the Los Angeles
Angels. Goldman requested the position as a girl 60 years ago, but was denied due to her gender
“I feel like I’m in a dream, to tell you the truth,” a visibly emotional Goldman told the team’s current general manager Brian Cashman during a video call last week, in which Cashman surprised Goldman with the good news
Goldman, who is from Connecticut
, was also given the honor of throwing out the first pitch.
The 12th edition of #HOPEWeek began tonight with honoree Gwen Goldman throwing out the first pitch. pic.twitter.com/lmoPe3lpA5 — New York Yankees (@Yankees) June 28, 2021
Goldman was able to realize a childhood dream thanks to her daughter Abby and the Yankees' 2021 Hope Week initiative, which highlights inspiring
In 1961, a 10-year-old Goldman wrote a letter to then-Yankees general manager Roy Hamey, expressing her desire for the position and arguing that she would be just as good as a boy.
“While we agree that girls are certainly as capable as boys and would no doubt
be an attractive addition to the playing field, I am sure you can understand that in a game dominated by men, a young lady such as yourself would feel out of place in a dugout,” Hamey wrote her in a letter shared on social media
by the Yankees.
Brian Cashman, the current Yankees GM, invites Gwen to Yankee Stadium
to fulfill her dream 60 years later, in a new letter to Gwen from the current Yankees GM. pic.twitter.com/FHZK3SIfe5 — New York Yankees (@Yankees) June 25, 2021
Despite the polite "no," Goldman hung Hamey's rejection letter on her living room wall to show her "love for the Yankees and to hold on to a dream," she explained in a video call with Cashman last week.
When Goldman's daughter forwarded a photo of Hamey's letter to Cashman, she started the plan in motion.
“Although your long-ago correspondence took place 60 years ago — six years before I was born — I feel compelled to resurrect your original request and do what I can to bring your childhood dream to life,” Cashman said, reading from a new letter addressed to Goldman.
Gwen Goldman, then 10, wrote a letter to the Yankees in 1961, expressing her dream of becoming a bat girl, and the response she received from the GM at the time still hangs on her living room wall. This HOPE Week, the Yankees will fulfill Gwen's dream. pic.twitter.com/9sMosEcPOz — New York Yankees (@Yankees) June 25, 2021
“Here at the Yankees, we have championed the breaking down of gender barriers in our industry; it is an ongoing commitment rooted in the belief that a woman belongs anywhere a man does, including the dugout,” he said.
Despite the fact that Goldman first aspired to be the Yankees' first bat girl six decades ago, Cashman stated that "it is not too late to reward and recognize the ambition you showed in writing that letter to us as a 10-year-old girl."
Although the story is endearing, one Twitter user pointed out that the Yankees have been turning down requests from girls to be bat girls since 1992.
Here's the letter I received from my sister in 92 pic.twitter.com/cPFI1tRAWD — honest jabe (@jaynooch) June 25, 2021