By Lauren Grimaldi
Despite a 113-year history, Major League Baseball has never seen a female athlete compete in a game. Jackie Robinson may have broke the color-barrier back in the 1947, but no one has since been able to crack the gender line to this day.
‘Pitch,’ a new drama series that airs on Fox, gives viewers and baseball fans a chance to see just what history would look like should a woman ever be able to play in the MLB.
The show follows Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury) as she navigates through her career as a starting pitcher for the San Diego Padres. Though her character can be overly naive at times, Bunbury does a good job in this role and shows a lot of promise going forward in her career as an actress. She is able to invoke truly raw emotion when needed as her character attempts to handle the pressure that comes with being a role model for young women and historical sports figure.
The drama also stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Mike Lawson, the team’s captain and aging superstar, who does a fine job fulfilling his trope.
Though the relationship between Lawson and Baker progresses over time, it is never about man versus woman, but rather veteran versus rookie. They have their disagreements, but gender is never at the center of those disputes. This makes for a more enlightening show than the previews let on, as it gives viewers a glimpse at the inner workings of a baseball organization, even if it is ultimately a fictional depiction.
Though it cannot compare to the other wonderful fictitious entertainment involving baseball, it gives fans a watchable series that could turn into something truly great if the studio decides to give it a chance. At the very least, it offers a glimpse at what could be impending history for the game. And when that happens, it will be truly remarkable.