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Twitter Assures Little League Player Ava Klein Baseball Isn’t Just for Boys

There are over 100,000 little girls playing youth baseball every year.


When Jason Klein’s seven-year-old daughter Ava told him she was worried that she couldn’t continue playing Little League, asking “Isn’t baseball really for boys?” Klein told her it wasn’t. He encouraged her to keep playing. But he didn’t stop there. Instead, he went on Twitter to solicit broader support so he could prove to Ava that she should keep going.

According to Baseball For All, more than 100,000 girls play youth baseball. The numbers are higher for younger girls, many of whom quit as they get older — in many cases to play softball. According to the Washington Post, Ava grew up watching the Yankees play every week and is a Little League veteran with one season under her belt. Her father says she loves it and thanks to the online response to his message, he can prove to his daughter that there’s nothing wrong with that.

Support for Ava came from all over. Mo’ne Davis, one of the few girls to ever play in the Little League World Series, assured Klein that his young daughter should stick with the sport. So did the actual Little League organization. So did a number of prominent and not-so-prominent former Little League players, many of whom showed off adorable images of themselves in uniform.  In total, Klein’s tweet has been favorited almost 40,000 times and received some 2,400 replies.

Here are some of the best.