8-year-old Ashlynn Jolicoeur, of Oshawa, didn’t have to say anything when she wanted to prove her point after her family was told that girls shouldn’t play baseball, she just showed her highlight reel to the world. Once posted to the twitter account Baseball for All it went viral, being viewed over 4.8 million times as of posting.
The story is that Ashlynn was awarded the most valuable player award for her performance in a tournament in Canada last year, but it was followed by criticism from a fellow team parent, Baseball for All wrote on Instagram. “After the game,” said her dad, Dan, “[a parent on our team] told me that girls shouldn’t be playing baseball and that they should stick to softball. Then, at tryouts, the coach cut her from the team.” That slight only motivated Ashlynn to pursue the sport she loves even harder.
The Video, which shows Ashlynn making multiple brilliant fielding moves, has sparked many to call out that no child should be told they can’t do something simply because of their gender. Her story has become so well known that she was welcomed by the Toronto Blue Jays to see her favourite team, and she got to meet Rookie sensation Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Something the team also shared on Twitter.
That special moment when you meet your favourite player ❤️
Ashlynn, meet Vladdy 🤗 pic.twitter.com/wgPYDDumEz
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 25, 2019