The Marlins introduced Kim Ng, MLB's first woman general manager, in a press conference Monday at Marlins Park.
"The last 72 hours have been extraordinary for me," Ng said. "This was announced at 11 a.m. on Friday, and I can't tell you how much it meant to me to see the outpouring of just pure joy for a lot of people. All the congratulatory messages that I received were just awesome. The count is well over 1,000 now -- of emails and texts that I received over the last 72 hours."
When Ng was named Miami's GM on Friday, she also became the second person of Asian descent to lead an MLB team, following Giants president of baseball operations and former Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi. She is also believed to be the first woman to become a GM of any major professional men's team in North American sports.
"As the day unfolded, I was able to zoom out a little bit, and realize just what was going on, and just how much impact this was having over social media," Ng said. "It really became about me being able to share the moment with so many."
Ng said seeing the outpouring of support showed her how important this moment was.
"It made me realize that it really was a glimmer of hope and inspiration for so many," Ng said. "That if you work hard and you persevere and you're driven and you just keep going, then eventually your dreams will come true."
Ng, who turns 52 on Tuesday, has an extensive background as an executive. She has more than 30 years of experience in Major League Baseball, including 21 in the front offices of the White Sox (1990-96), Yankees (1998-2001) and Dodgers (2002-11).
Her tenure as the Yankees' assistant GM coincided with Derek Jeter's peak as a superstar shortstop in New York, as he led the Yankees to three straight World Series championships in Ng's first three years with the organization. Jeter, now the Marlins' part-owner and CEO, introduced her at Monday's press conference.
Ng said she saw Jeter's fearlessness on the field for years with the Yankees, and credited his fearlessness off the field in making her the barrier-breaking hire as Marlins GM.
Ng's history-making achievement is bigger than baseball, which wasn't lost on her as she saw congratulatory messages flood in from people from all walks of life, including former First Lady Michelle Obama.
"The idea that it has affected this many people is just extraordinary. I thought it would be a big deal, but this is beyond my expectations," Ng said. "I think that really is just a testament to where we are. People are looking for hope, and people are looking for inspiration, and I'm happy that this is a part of it."