In this episode of “The Journey of My Mother’s Son” podcast, I sit down to talk with Beth Greenwood.

Beth and I first met back in 2018 when she was on a road trip from New England to Pittsburgh with mutual friends of ours, Erin Pappas and Jacque Reynolds to participate in a women’s baseball event that the Pirates were sponsoring.  On the way through, they stopped by the sports complex that I was managing at the time just outside of Reading, Pennsylvania.

It was a great visit, and Beth and I, who would have been 18 at the time and just out of high school, connected on Facebook.  Since then, I have been able to follow her journey as she became one of only seven young women to be rostered on an NCAA baseball team this past spring.

I’ve had a ton of respect for her, but when we sat down to talk about her journey, she absolutely blew me away!  I tell her on a few occasions during the podcast that she is “wise beyond her years,” and as you listen, you will understand why.

Her journey to play college baseball is one of grit, resilience and never-ending hard work.

Even more importantly, similar to Denae Benitez, Beth, who is now only 21, has an incredible comprehension of the importance of what she is doing, not just for herself, but for those young girls who come behind her.

Still in college, she also finds the time to serve on the Baseball for All Advisory Board and was helping with the BFA Nationals when we were able to reconnect.

She is a product of the work that BFA is doing and a poster child for the incredible young women that that work is producing for our society.

The ripple effect goes far beyond the baseball field.

Click on either of the links below to listen to the conversation.