Jessica Mendoza Sister Alana And Elena Mendoza- Family Tree

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Jessica Ophelia Mendoza, better known as Jessica Mendoza, is a former American softball player turned sports analyst and commentator. She spent her childhood with her three siblings, including two sisters, who were softball players like her.

Jessica Mendoza is the only sister in her family who eventually played in the professional softball league.

She debuted in the National Pro Fastpitch with Arizona Heat in 2005. She played for the USSSA Pride in the Women’s Professional Fastpitch until 2010.

However, Jessica’s rise in fame can be attributed to the successes she achieved at the international level. Playing for Team USA from 2004 to 2010, she won several medals, including the World Cups and an Olympic Gold Medal.

Jessica Mendoza Flaunting Her Olympic Medals (Source: Patch)
Jessica Mendoza Flaunting Her Olympic Medals (Source: Patch)

After retirement, Mendoza embarked on her sports media career. She works as a sideline reporter, game analyst, and commentator for the ESPN Network. Jessica is the first female baseball commentator in the channel’s history.

Since June 2014, Mendoza has appeared in many episodes of ESPN’s Baseball Tonight.

In 2022, Jessica Joined the Spectrum SportsNet LA network, and since then, she has been doing commentaries during the LA Dodgers’ games.

Jessica Mendoza Sister: Alana And Elena 

Jessica Mendoza is the third child of her parents, Karen and Gill Mendoza. Before her, Mendoza’s parents had given birth to her older brother, Walt Mendoza, and older sister, Elena.

Born and raised in a progressive family, all three sisters enjoyed freedom as much as their older brother, Walt, and played all kinds of games together.

Jessica Mendoza With Her Sisters (Source: Instagram)
Jessica Mendoza With Her Sisters (Source: Instagram)

Their father, Gill, was a former baseball and football player at Fresno State University. He believed that there was no such game as a male or female game and encouraged all his kids to participate in games.

Jessica was especially closer to her youngest sister, Alana, as they were born only four years apart. They both attended Alfonso Camarillo High School, where they excelled at softball. Also, they both liked playing volleyball and basketball.

Alana later enrolled at Oregon State University, where she played collegiate softball alongside continuing her studies. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature in 2004.

After graduating, she left her sports career to pursue teaching. Now, she lives with her husband and two children in Bend, Oregon, where she is a high school English teacher at Mountain View High School.

Unfortunately, there is not enough information about her older sister, Elena. 

Jessica Co-Wrote a Children’s Book Together With Alana

In June 2018, Jessica Mendoza and her sister, Alana Mendoza Dusan, released their children’s book, “There’s No Base Like Home.” 

Jessica had thought about doing something like a year and a half before this came to fruition. But, she had limited it to herself as she was busy doing media work most of the time. At one point, she had even wanted to hire a ghostwriter.

Front Book Cover Of There's No Base Like Home (Source: Lee & Low Books)
Front Book Cover Of There’s No Base Like Home (Source: Lee & Low Books)

However, Jessica’s idea of writing something different fascinated Alana, and she got roped in. 

The story is about a twelve-year-old fictional character, Sophia Maria Garcia, who wants to play for the same school team her elder sister played softball for at her age.

Primarily dedicated to young girls who aspire to be professional softball players, the sisters have included many real-life events from their childhood in the book.

Yaman Bhattarai
Yaman Bhattarai

Yaman Bhattarai

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