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Jessica Mendoza's new role

Jessica Mendoza's new role

Originally Published: September 27, 2011
By Jessica Mendoza

My dad was a baseball coach, so it wasn't a surprise that we spent much of our "bonding" time in the dugouts of the baseball field or watching Dodgers games. My first sport was baseball -- I was the only girl on the team. Baseball was as much a part of my life as playing tag or climbing trees was for other kids.

So, even though I've spent the last 23 years (and counting) playing softball, there is no doubt where my true roots began. As a kid I would spend hours picturing myself playing ...

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