There was history – and its history too – in the broadcast booth at Tropicana Field on Tuesday night.
For the first time in Major League Baseball history, an all-female announcement crew called out a game when the Tampa Bay Rays played against the Baltimore Orioles.
On the YouTube show, Melanie Newman was introduced by Play-by-Play with Sarah Langs as an analyst. Alanna Rizzo was the reporter on site and Heidi Watney and Lauren Gardner moderated the reporting before and after the game.
“That was so FUN!” Langs tweeted after the Rays’ 9-3 win.
“Honored to be part of a historic moment, but above all just so overjoyed to work with her colleagues,” she said, praising them as “strong, clever and inspiring WOMEN and PEOPLE!”
Newman is the play-by-play radio announcer for the Orioles, Langs writes for MLB.com, and Rizzo, Watney and Gardner are on the air for MLB Network.
“It’s not a novelty, it’s about normalcy,” tweeted MLB Network.
“It’s not a novelty, it’s about normality”
It will only be a baseball game after the first pitch of the first all-female broadcast of the O’s vs. Rays tonight at 7 p.m. ET @Youtube. @MelanieLynneN I @SlangsOnSports I @alannarizzo I @HeidiWatney I @LGRed I #MLBCentral pic.twitter.com/ZORB1TOQVk
– @ MLBNetwork
“Trailblazers” posted the official MLB Twitter account.
Tennis champion and social justice advocate Billie Jean King celebrated the broadcast with a post on Twitter: “It’s a night that makes history for MLB.”
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