Mo’ne Davis, the biggest deal in the sports world right now – sorry, Johnny Manziel – takes the mound tonight for Philadelphia with an opportunity to pitch the Taney Dragons into the American Championship game.
Davis, 13, has captivated Philadelphia, which is a hard thing to do at 13-years old and not quite a freshman in high school. She’s on the cover of Sports Illustrated. With a win tonight – she’s virtually unhittable, so good luck, Nevada – she may cement her status as one of the most famous Little League pitchers of all-time.
And you know ESPN is loving this – she’s moving the meter!
Taney’s walk-off win over Pearland, Texas, on Sunday drew a 1.5 rating that was a 71-percent increase over the same game in 2013, according to the network. It was the second-highest overnight rating for a non-world series championship on ESPN2, it said.
It generated a 6.7 local rating in the Philadelphia area, the highest series rating ever on ESPN networks there.
And Davis didn’t even pitch that game.
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