Fox’s new show, “Pitch” is guaranteed to have viewers hooked from the first episode. I can say that with confidence, since this is the first time in recent history that a network has had me on the edge of my seat, going through a roller coaster of emotions and wondering what I would do in similar situations.
The show is based on Ginny, played by Kylie Bunbury, as she makes history as the first female in Major League Baseball. You’ll recognize her castmates, but it may take a few seconds to realize that the gorgeous baseball captain is Mark Paul Gosselaar. Dan Lauria, the dad from Wonder Years, Ali Larter (Heros, among many others) and Mark Consuelos round out the cast.
Watching TV and movies since becoming a mom has changed the way I react to them. I can’t watch crime shows anymore, and forget about any movie that deals with a kidnapping or sick kid. Watching “Pitch” was the same: I had my mom goggles on. Actually, it’s impossible to take the spectacles of motherhood off. So, when Ginny was shown to her locker room, which is a storage/club house attendant room, my first thought was, “Yup. Just like when I was breastfeeding and had to nurse/pump in all those weird and dirty places.” It was funny to me that I could relate to the character already, since the most historical thing I’ll probably be remembered for is blaming my kids when I fart in public.
The comparisons didn’t stop there, either. Ginny goes through some emotional confusion taking on such an important role, making a lot of mistakes and doubting herself. When I think of how it feels to be a parent (y’now, the person(s) responsible for other human beings), and how many mistakes I’ve made and all the times that I second-guessed my decisions, I felt compassion for her character. As women, it seems that we can connect to each other, no matter the status: single, mom, step-mom, etc. I surprised myself with that mini-revelation. I didn’t expect a new drama series to have such meaningful moments about motherhood.
Ginny’s mom is shown, but the focus is on her dad, a former ball player himself. He was her coach, her trainer, and the one that pushed her to keep trying. I loved how he didn’t see her gender as an end; rather, he focused on how to level the playing field, giving her a fair chance. For him, the goal was never unattainable. Again, it was an impactful moment for me. The fact that there are shows like this means my kids are going to grow up in a different world than I did. A world where anything really is possible, for anyone: woman, man, undefined, and colorblind.
There are some pretty intense scenes though, and in a flashback Ginny’s dad slaps her brother in the face to ‘motivate’ her. While not overly violent, it could be a trigger for anyone that’s gone through some form of child abuse. It’s clearly shown how much she loves her father, but in one especially emotional scene, she screams at him and how he made her a “robot in cleats, now malfunctioning.” I started to wonder if I push my kids too hard, and if they’ll grow up to resent me. The answer of course is yes… no matter what I do, they’re going to find something to blame me for, so I promptly opened up a savings account for them, strictly for future therapy sessions.
Even though this is a show about major league baseball, there is so much more going on than sports. The emotions, inspiration, and empowering message are sure to be a homerun for male and female viewers. And with jokes like, “She’s just like a Kardashian but with a skill set,” how can you not love it?
The show premiers on Fox on September 22, 2016. Set your DVR’s and thank me later.
This post was paid for by Fox but opinions are my own.