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" I do feel I have a responsibility to empower women and to inspire them. "
" I grew up in an athletic family. My dad played and my brother currently plays professional soccer, so I'm athletic. "
" I'm black, so I should be able to play a 'thug?' No. Hello. Open your mind. I'm a person that believes in breaking barriers. "
" I'm pretty proud of my fastball. I can throw a screwball. It's not as accurate, and I don't have the velocity like I do with my fastball, but I think my fastball is not too shabby. "
" It's important that we're properly represented and for viewers to see all the bits and pieces of being a woman of color. "
" I sing. I used to think singing is going to be the route, and I still sing to this day. I still try to write lyrics. "
" Baseball wasn't necessarily my first sport in terms of liking it. I'd never played baseball or softball growing up. "
" I think any player, as a rookie coming into any sport, has to prove themselves. "
" I firmly believe everyone needs to have balance in their life. "
" I know me. I only have brothers, and I know that I would do anything for them, and I would back them up to the ends of the Earth. "
" It's incredibly important to my spirits and mental health that I come back to Minnesota and not be surrounded constantly with Hollywood life. Spending time in the backyard, helping out in the garden, going out to the lakes, reminds me of what's important and allows me to realign myself. "
" I grew up watching the Williams sisters. I did a lot of research on Serena and kind of stole some things from her. "
" I just want people to remember I'm not perfect. I just try to lead with love every day. "
" Young girls need to see women who are strong and vulnerable and complex onscreen. "
" I never want to change. I get nervous about that... people thinking that I've changed just because the circumstances of my life have. "
" I want to be a good actress, I want to be a good person, and I want to play baseball. "
" In terms of being a vessel for female empowerment and a role model for young girls, I take it on gladly and seriously, but I hope people remember that I'm just a regular person, and I'm not going to be perfect. "
" When all you've done is work toward being a professional athlete, and then you injure yourself, and you know that you're going to be out for a while, it's gut-wrenching. It almost feels like your life is over because that's all you've ever worked for. "
" I just really love to do new things and experience new things. "
" All you need is heart, work ethic, and to dream big. "
" I grew up with brothers, so I very easily get along with men. "
" I think that TV and film are very important mediums to show what people of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations can do, and I think that, as women, we are still in the process of proving what we can do, what we can accomplish, and who we are. "
" I was a tomboy growing up, so I think I naturally take on a little male swagger. "
" I think the biggest thing that I learned, and why I've fallen in love with baseball, is how mental of a game it is. It's such a mental sport, and it's beautiful. I think definitely the mental aspect, the stats, and the mathematics, that, to me, really blew me away. "
" I want to feel like I'm beautiful because I'm me. "
" I gravitate towards strong messages and things that make an impact. "
" I normally play very serious characters. "
" I think pressure is good. Just watching my brother and my dad be professional athletes, I think pressure has driven them and has caused them to excel more. "
" I get very agitated if I don't get something right away. "
" I would love to do something that takes me on an adventure. I really want to do it all. "
" I knew my focus was going to be somewhere in the arts. I've always painted. I've always sung. I didn't know when or how it was going to happen - or what it was going to be. "