I saw the lovely Jessica Mendoza doing the Minnesota-Texas Tech Bowl Game tonight, and thought she did a pretty good job with the interviews and all that other “side story” stuff they’re always forcing their sideline reporters to do. If her name sounds familiar, that’s because she’s a former pro softball player, but apparently this softball player can talk more than just softball/baseball.
Here’s a quick bio from ESPN:
U.S. Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist Jessica Mendoza joined ESPN as a college softball analyst in 2007. She also works as an ESPN sideline reporter for MLB and college football games. 2012 marks her first year covering the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. Mendoza is also an online contributor for espnW.com and serves on the advisory board for the website.
Prior to her work with ESPN, Mendoza was a field reporter for Yahoo! Sports at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and also the lead college softball analyst on FOX Sports. She currently plays in the National Pro Fastpitch for the USSSA Florida Pride, and was named the Most Valuable Player in 2011.
Mendoza graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies in 2002 and a Masters in Social Sciences in Education in 2003. Originally from Camarillo, Calif., Mendoza currently resides in Moorpark.
Doing an in-studio gig for ESPN: