Kim Ng has received more than 1,000 congratulatory messages since the Miami Marlins hired her as general manager on Friday.
When introduced at Marlins Park on Monday, Ng did not downplay her trailblazer status as the first female general manager in any of the four major North American men's sports leagues.
"The last 72 hours have been extraordinary for me," she said. "I can't tell you how much it meant to me to see the outpouring of just pure joy for a lot of people. As the day unfolded, I was able to zoom out a little bit and realize just what was going on and how much impact this was having over social media. ... It made me realize that it really was a glimmer of hope and inspiration for so many, that if you work hard and you persevere and you're driven and you just keep going that eventually your dream will come true. I got calls and text messages from guys that I've known over the years who were just so excited to tell their daughters and wives."