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ESPN's Jessica Mendoza on being a trailblazer for women in sports, 'I just want to make an impact'




Jessica Mendoza (center) calling the history making game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Arizona Diamondbacks.
Jessica Mendoza (center) calling the history making game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Arizona Diamondbacks.

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Just about a year ago,  broadcaster and athlete Jessica Mendoza made history.  She became the first female analyst for a Major League Baseball game in the history of ESPN when she stepped into the booth for that day's broadcast of Monday Night Baseball.

Here she is calling a game between the Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs.

A few months later she became the first woman to be an analyst for a nationally televised MLB Postseason game, an American League Wild Card Game on ESPN between the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros. 

Mendoza spoke with A Martinez about that first game, how she's dealt with negativity from some people and how many high profile players have openly welcomed her and praised her performance. 

Click on the blue player above to listen to the whole interview.