NPF's A.J. Andrews receives Gold Glove
A.J. Andrews has made plenty of highlight plays on the diamond -- so much so that even MLB has recognized her.
Andrews, who plays for the National Pro Fastpitch's Akron Racers, became the first female athlete to win a Rawlings Gold Glove Award on Friday. She was one of three athletes to receive a standing ovation, joining MLB Hall of Famers Al Kaline and Brooks Robinson.
"It's such a surreal moment, even walking up, the fact that I'm in front of all these All-Stars, all these magnificent baseball players and the fact that I get to put my name with that," Andrews told Eduardo Perez at the ceremony. "I get to say, 'I won a Gold Glove.'"
That Gold Glove is going in a shrine in her room with purple and gold streamers in honor of her LSU Tigers.
How good of an outfielder is Andrews? Well, for starters, she made a catch while falling through the fence. You read that right.
"The ball was in the air, I was just running back for it -- I honestly thought it was a home run," Andrews said. "So I ran back for it and I get to the wall and the ball was there, and I just did all I could to reach up and catch it."
Being the first woman to win a Gold Glove is special for Andrews, who said it makes goals that previously seemed unachievable to women now attainable.
"Impossible is a very minimal word, and it means absolutely nothing," Andrews said. "Before this year, I'm sure many people thought it was impossible for a female to win a Rawlings Gold Glove and never thought it would be something a female could achieve. ... It's really giving a push to women's sports and the strides that they're trying to make."
Andrews became the first woman to win a Gold Glove. But she probably won't be the last.