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TV Review: Pitch

3 strikes. You’re out..Out of reasons to look for your new favorite show. Pitch will have you hooked within the first 5 minutes. Ginny Baker is a name you won’t be able to forget.

Breaking News: Pitch is our new favorite show on TV. 

Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury) is an athlete who has the opportunity to be a pitcher for the San Diego Padres. She has worked hard for this like any other athlete (not only female) in the game. The media are totally supportive having mixed feelings. The males think she is there to look pretty and only a few KNOW that she can make it and succeed. With success comes haters, but it is refreshing to see there are people who are supporting her. Elliot (Tim Jo) is her social media manager and will be Team Ginny even though he was denied by the headphones 😉  Amelia Slater (Ali Larter) is her agent and won’t let anyone tear down her girl. And Amelia had some of the best one liners of the night.  She’s also got Blip (Mo McRae). They grew up blawing ball together when they were in San Antonio and is now her teammate She grew up in Tarboro, North Carolina and her biggest supporter is her dad Bill played by the incredibly talented Michael Beach. When his kids were younger, he was looking to teach his son WIllie how to pitch and instead found his pitcher in his daughter. Bill plays the role of dad and coach. As a dad he is supportive and continues to instill in Ginny that she can achieve every goal she sets for herself. As a coach, he holds nothing back. He tells her that she probably won’t have a strong enough arm to make in the majors. “A girl will never be able to throw hard enough to comepete with boys not as they start growing. It’s biology and we can’t change that”- Bill Baker. He doesn’t tell her she can’t, he tells her the truth as a COACH. She needs a secret weapon.. the SCREWBALL. It’s not always about pitching the fastest or hitting the hardest, but on about skill and precision. Ginny has got girls and women of all ages rooting for her and is an instant role model. That can definitely add pressure, but if anyone can do it it’s Ginny.

Ginny has got fire, spunk, and dedication. She knows the real reason why she was called up and is ready for anything from her teammates. She won’t be pushed around. No matter how confident someone is, no one is susceptible to insecurities. Is she good enough? I think that is a question that is always running through her head. As former athletes, we understand the doubt she has. We loved the scene where she has a bad first game and has a conversation with her dad. She blames her father for pushing her and making her this great. When you are down or have a bad game, it’s easy to put the blame on someone else. We can all relate to this. We also enjoy the relationship between Lawson (MPG) and Ginny. Even though he does not lack in the sarcasm department, he treats her as another teammate. Yes he is an ass slapper, but he does it to every teammate. He likes to push his teammates and Ginny won’t back down; not even for a young DiCaprio.

It’s sometimes crazy to imagine a woman making it in a male sport. Not because we don’t believe they can make it, but because others continue to think a woman can’t be as great as a male in a sport. This show is NECESSARY in a world today where we are still fighitng for equality. In just about every sport, females and males are split up into their own leagues, associations, and tournaments. Why? There is the misconception that women don’t know what they are signing up for. While there are some sports that are more dangerous, what makes people think a woman can’t handle it? I think this show will break boundaries in the sports world and every day life. Ginny will be an inspiration to people and athletes around the world, not just because she is a woman, but because of the hard work and dedication she puts in to succeed. We all can find a little of Ginny in ourselves and all “can do it when we have to”.

After watching Pitch you won’t be asking if girls play with the boys, you’ll be asking can the boys keep up?

Pitch Season Premiere gets an A+

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