I first became aware of Monica Abbott when she was a star softball pitcher at the University of Tennessee. Monica appeared in several world championships and the 2008 Olympics. She also joined the NPF (National Pro Fastpitch), eventually making her way to the Chicago Bandits, where I first met her.
Seeing Monica pitch up close in person was quite an experience. Dominating is an understatement. She put amazing movement on her pitches, which she threw with top velocity. She has been clocked at 70 mph, which translated to about 105 mph in basball terms.
Monica was revered by everyone. Unfortunately, I missed her no-hitter and perfect game during her time with the Bandits.
In 2016, Monica signed what is believed to be the richest contract given to a female athlete in team sports, when she joined the Scrapyard Dawgs. I did have the bittersweet pleasure of seeing her pitch a no-hitter against the Bandits that season. Despite my loyalty to the Bandits, I admit it was a thrill to watch in person.
The Dawgs left the NPF and are now a barn-storming team, meaning I don't get to see Monica. I should be able to see her when the Team USA comes to Rosemont in June. It will be great to reconnect with Monica.
Aside from her onfield success, Monica is a real sweetheart off the field. It really has been an hnor covering her and knowing her.
Recently, Monica was kind enough to send a shout out to Johngy's Beat. Getting a positive promo from one of the all-time greatest really made my day. I thank Monica for thr promo and for all she has done over the years.
Check out TeamUSA.org for more info on Monica and Team USA. Also, get ready for the return of softball to the Olympics in 2020. I am sure you'll see Monica working her magic there!