Daily Sports Smile: Young fan meets broadcast hero at Orioles game

Jaylon Thompson
USA TODAY Sports Plus

Baltimore Orioles broadcaster Melanie Newman made history when she was part of Major League Baseball’s all-female broadcast crew for a July Orioles game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Newman is a big inspiration for many looking to get into sports broadcasting, and Tuesday she met one of her fans in a heartwarming way.

Orioles broadcast cameras highlighted a sign created by a young fan wanting to meet Newman during a game against Kansas City.

“Hey Melanie Newman, need help in the booth? #girls❤️⚾️,” the sign read.

The Orioles staff was able to connect the fan, whose name is Ellee, with Newman at the stadium. Both embraced with hugs and took pictures of the special moment.

Newman also autographed Ellee’s sign. On Twitter, Newman said Ellee made her season and mentioned the moment was filled with joy and excitement.

“Update: I got to meet Ellee,” Newman wrote. “She’s going to do big things. My heart could explode. Huge thank you to our Orioles staff making this happen!”

Newman is only one of five women to call play-by-play for an MLB team. She’s held her current role since February 2020.

The Orioles defeated the Kansas City Royals 7-3 in that game after losing the previous night, and then won a Wednesday night game 9-8. The Orioles host KC Thursday at 7:05 p.m. to close out the four-game series.