The moment she threw the final pitch at the Little League World Series in 2014, everything changed for then-13-year-old Mo’ne Davis. Not only was she one of just four American females to ever play in the event, but the star athlete had just pitched the first shut-out in Little League World Series history — and everyone noticed.
As Davis told “Oprah: Where Are They Now?”, she realized she was in the center of the spotlight soon after that monumental game ended.
“Me and two other teammates got trapped in a corner … just signing autographs and taking pictures,”Davis recalls.
And the attention only intensified from there. Interviews, magazine covers, television appearances… It seemed as if the world couldn’t get enough of the inspiring teen. Davis, meanwhile, had to make quite the adjustment to her newfound fame.
“I couldn’t walk around by myself,” she says. “The interviews and all the attention — I wouldn’t say I don’t like it, but it does get overwhelming at times.”
It wasn’t necessarily bad, though, she adds.
“Sometimes, it’s actually pretty fun!” Davis says. “The Jimmy Fallon show was probably the show where I had the most fun.”
Of course, for a young athlete, nothing could top an appearance at the ESPYS.
“The ESPYS, I thought, was probably my favorite awards show to go to, because I could actually relate to a lot of people,” Davis says. “Just to meet a lot of my athletes that I watched growing up and just to talk to them and say hi to them was probably the best thing ever.”
“Oprah: Where Are They Now?” airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET on OWN.
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