Mendoza becomes ESPN's 1st female MLB analyst
Jessica Mendoza made history on Monday night when she became the first in-booth female broadcaster to call a Major League Baseball game on ESPN.
Mendoza joined Dave O'Brien and Dallas Braden in the booth for ESPN2's broadcast of the Cardinals-D-backs game.
"I just want to make sure I do a really good job," Mendoza said in an interview with Allure Magazine. "I'm assuming the average baseball viewer is going to notice and think, 'Okay, this is a female voice. I haven't heard this before.' I want to come in and do my thing. I want to be who I am -- I don't want to change that -- but I want to make sure I am extra knowledgeable and prepared so I can maybe bring something extra. I'd love for someone listening to be like, 'Wow, I didn't know that.'"
Mendoza is no stranger to breaking down barriers, however, as she also became the first woman to work in the booth for the College World Series last year.
"The attention it got was awesome," Mendoza said in the Allure interview. "It would also be really cool to just get to the point where people think, 'Oh wow, she knows her stuff. And he knows his stuff.' It should be common knowledge that women and men can talk about sports."
Mendoza's resume surrounding the game certainly speaks for itself. She won a gold medal as a member of the United States women's softball team at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, and she took home a silver medal in Beijing in 2008.