It was only a matter of time until profiteering lunatics found a way to take advantage of Little League phenom Mo’ne Davis’ success. It appears that time is now.
As brought to our attention by the team at Crossing Broad, an entrepreneurial American who may or may not be selling authentic goods has listed a baseball autographed by Mo’ne Davis on eBay. This baseball has already been bid up above $500 just hours before she takes to the mound for the second time at the Little League World Series.
Needless to say, this is an abomination of the American commercial-sporting-industrial complex. No baseball autographed by anyone the living side of Babe Ruth should be sold for more than $500. If any signed balls are sold for that steep price, they definitely shouldn’t include any from teenage girls, regardless of their prodigious skill level.
There is one redeeming aspect of this entire episode, however: We now can rest assured knowing that Mo’ne signs with a one-name moniker, just like the other greats before her. Pele, Ronaldo, LeBron … Mo’ne. If she keeps tossing 70 mile-per-hour heaters and nasty off-speed pitches, who’s to say that Mo’ne won’t belong on that list?
Heck, she’s already the “it” athlete of 2014 so far, and she’s a 13-year-old. Can’t say that about Pele, Ronaldo or LeBron (well, almost LeBron).