JUPITER, Fla. -- An unfamiliar but increasingly well-known face suited up in a Cardinals uniform on Friday morning.
Wearing a No. 15 jersey in honor of her daughter's birth date, Justine Siegal threw batting practice to three St. Louis hitters at Roger Dean Stadium prior to the game against Detroit. Siegal, who this spring became the first woman to throw batting practice to a Major League team, continued her tour of big league camps, throwing to David Freese, Ryan Theriot and Skip Schumaker.
Siegal is trying to raise awareness of women and girls who love and want to play baseball, as well as honoring Christina Taylor Green, the 9-year-old killed in the January shooting in Tucson, Ariz. She's also living out a lifelong wish.
"The reason why I'm doing this is to show that baseball is a game for all, and that girls and women really want to get in the game and be a part of the game and not just watch," Siegal said. "Another thing that I'm doing is wearing [a] patch for Christina Taylor Green. ... She was the only girl on her baseball team, and her dream was to play in the Major Leagues. So I'm just giving part of my dream to her family and keeping her legacy going."