I just finished watching the second episode of FOX’s new baseball drama, Pitch, and I have to say, I’m really loving it. If you don’t already know, the story is about Ginny Baker the first woman to ever make it into professional baseball. When I first heard about the Pilot, there was no way I thought this show would be as good as it is, like that premise already sounds so cheesy. But really people, so far they’ve been doing everything right and here’s why.
Kylie Bunbury aka Ginny Baker
I think for any new show, you need that one face, that one actor that’s going to make it all click and really convince the audience this is a real thing. For newcomer Kylie Bunbury she plays the role of Ginny perfectly. I don’t know how or where they found this girl, but she is truly perfect in this role. In the second episode, “The Interim”, we see Ginny come out of her shell a little more, with having to stand up for her coach (who made some sexist comment a few years back) and she really has to fight for her spot in the guy’s locker room. Obviously, she’s not there yet, she has to change behind a curtain at away games, but the show brings up the theme of men and women living equally without it sounding too feminist-y. It could’ve been easy for the writers to take the show in that direction, but they constantly keep Ginny and the rest of her crew in the middle area that introduces different themes.
They play a huge role in Pitch, if I’m not mistaken some of the segments they show on the TV are actual hosts from sports programs, and they’ve used the reporters in the show to cover Ginny and the Padre’s story. If you’re at all interested in the sports world, it really throws you into the chaos that is the media and how much power they have over the coaching staff, and the players. Also, we learn that Mike Lawson played by Mark Paul Gosselaar was previously married to one of the sports reporters, and he basically tells her he’s about to retire so he’s down to make it work, but she’s all like ‘no I got engaged so I’m over you’
The Team and The Baseball Wife
So one of the things that I’m loving with this show is how you think something’s going one way, but then the writers take you in a completely different direction, and that’s really exciting. So much of TV now is predictable (Scandal, Pretty Little Liars) it’s nice to be thrown a curve ball and have us on our toes. The first character that threw me off was Evelyn Sanders who is Blip Sanders’ wife. I just thought she’d be some next baseball wife, but they’re already shaping her character to be this really funny, supportive and loving wife. I’m sure some drama is going to happen later in the season with Ginny, but she’s cool and they could’ve used the archetype for her role but they didn’t.
The entire team is mixed with different opinions, most of the guys are against Ginny, but it seemed like by the end of the second episode, the team was coming together and enjoyed dancing with G-baby (Hardball reference). It’s not going to be a one episode thing, where magically all the guys are cool with her being on the team, but it’ll be exciting to see how each player connects and embraces her. Or maybe they don’t, at least she’s got MPG and his beard on her side.
Part of Ginny’s team is her agent/PR person, Amelia, played by Ali Larter. She kills it, she’s like the Ari Gold of Pitch, and in the second episode we see a little more about her past and how she got around to signing Ginny. There was a second where I questioned Amelia, and how much time she spends on Ginny, because she’s always around. Like, doesn’t she have other clients? and then we find out the truth at the end of the episode. We see Amelia’s flashback and know that she needed Ginny just as much as Ginny needed Amelia. Just when you think Amelia is about to come clean and open up to Ginny, she gives her the excuse that ‘she needed her’ and that’s the end of that, for now.
Most jaw dropping moment!
It doesn’t even involve Ginny, but it happens at the end of episode two when MPG’s character walks out of the hotel club and spots Amelia at the bar. Literally, nothing is said, he gives her this sexy look and walks over to her, sits down, she closes her MacBook, and they just look at each other, and it cuts to black. It was such a sexy scene and there was literally no sex involved. Jaw dropped and now I’m excited for episode three.Follow @hollywd_heroine