Before throwing her historic shutout at the Little League World Series, Taney Dragons star Mo'ne Davis had already challenged Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw to a pitch-off, which he accepted. Afterwards, she was quoted as saying "I throw my curveball like Clayton Kershaw and my fastball like Mo'ne Davis."
Though she noted her favorite player is Phillies star Chase Utley, it was pretty apparent she also looks up to the two-time National League Cy Award winner. So on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, Davis was invited to meet Kershaw and his Dodgers teammates, including Yasiel Puig.
She even got to experience life from Kershaw's perspective, throwing out the ceremonial first pitch from his office on every fifth day.
Not surprisingly, Davis was greeted warmly by Dodgers' fans, just as she's been everywhere she's gone after Williamsport. That includes a trip to Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, where she met Utley, and a stop in Minnesota over the weekend to take in a WNBA conference finals game.
Even less surprising, Davis delivered a strike right over the heart of the plate to catcher Drew Butera.
However, the coolest scene from Davis' trip to Dodgertown came well before that. At one point during batting practice, which according to reports Yasiel Puig nearly missed after almost arriving late to the ballpark, Davis and Puig were able to meet up in the dugout. And we're honestly not sure who was more excited to meet who.
In fact, Puig was so thrilled to meet Davis, he actually asked for and received an autograph.
Say what you will about Puig, and people definitely are after he was benched by manager Don Mattingly for the third time in roughly a week. He does things his way and that way doesn't always mesh with what's considered conventional. Still, he one's of the game's biggest stars, and for him to tip his cap to Davis in that way is one of the coolest things we've seen all season.
It also shows that while he may be struggling on the field — and he is, hitting only .210 with no home runs since the beginning of August — his mind seems to be in a good place. And while his style of play may rub some people the wrong way, his heart is in the right place.
He just loves the game.
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