Many of you have caught wind of FOX’s new hit show Pitch. It takes place in modern day and follows the career of Ginny Baker, the first female in Major League Baseball. I have heard mixed reviews on Pitch since it first aired in late September so I want to explain why I am such an advocate for this show and its importance in today’s culture.
There aren’t too many television shows or movies about female athletes, especially female athletes in male-dominated sports. Yeah there was Ice Box in The Little Giants and Julie “The Cat” Gaffney in D2: The Mighty Ducks, but how many of you can think of a story quite like Pitch?
In the show, Ginny Baker is shattering one of the biggest glass ceilings in sports. Baker is a African American female playing in The Majors. How inspiring is that? The show follows Baker and her agent, Amelia Slater, as they build Baker’s brand while solidifying her importance in American history.
Not to release too much of the show because I want you all to watch it and give it a chance, but in her first MLB appearance, she throws 10 wild pitches and asks to be removed from the game. Immediately the media starts talking about how she just proved why women shouldn’t play major league baseball because women are too emotional. She failed, whatever, who hasn’t failed before. But from her failures came the speculation of sexist assumption that Baker, or any other female, belonged in Major League Baseball.
Don’t worry, Ginny bounces back from her devastating debut and lands on her feet. But she has many highs and lows throughout the show and faces difficult obstacles that many females face on a day-to-day basis whether in a professional or personal setting.
Pitch has it all, the primetime television drama, the romance and the comedy. Most importantly it opens our culture to discussion of inclusion. We are at a turning point in history, just weeks away from potentially having the first female president of the greatest country on earth.
Now don’t get me wrong, the logistics of baseball are often far from true. Some of the computer-generated imagery looks ridiculous, though not as bad as watching Titanic in 2016. It can sometimes come off as corny with terminology used during games and exchanges between teammates in the locker rooms. But I beg you all to give Pitch a chance.
For me, a female that grew up as an athlete and now works in the sports industry, Pitch has become my voice for others to understand what its like to be a female in a male-dominated industry.
Pitch airs Thursday’s at 9 p.m. (ET) FOX .