Jessica Mendoza went where no woman was permitted to go before last Tuesday night as the reaction was both encouraging and predictably horrifying.
Mendoza broke one of the sports industry’s most enduring barriers during the Astros-Yankees game on ESPN when she became the first woman to offer color commentary during a major-league playoff broadcast.
Her big break came in late August, when she did the analysis during a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Arizona Diamondbacks, the first woman so employed on a national broadcast.
Tuesday’s wild-card playoff game at the Yankee Stadium was her biggest stage yet: a win-or-go-home affair for both teams that was widely followed by baseball fans. Source: Washington Post