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Mendoza and US Softball Team Make Their Pitch

The U.S. women’s softball team begins a 62-game, cross-country trek next week that softball aficionados should view as rock ‘n’ roll fans do the Van Halen reunion tour with David Lee Roth.

Last chance to see them together.


In 2005, the International Olympic Committee voted softball and baseball off the Olympic program for the 2012 Summer Games. The IOC could vote them back in for 2016. Or not.

That makes the U.S. women’s KFC Bound 4 Beijing tour, which begins Tuesday in Tucson against the University of Arizona, part preparation for this summer’s Olympics, part farewell and part campaign.

“I think the challenge for us is going to be to make a statement – we obviously have so much to prove, and we’re so passionate about this sport remaining in the Olympic Games – but to not lose sight of what we’re trying to do at the Olympic Games,” U.S. outfielder Jessica Mendoza says.

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Posted on: February 14, 2008