#BlackGirlMagic from the pitcher’s mound, Pitch is a magnificent tale of struggle, triumph, and pride. It’s is a breath of fresh air that deserves more than a passing glance. Pitch tells the story of Ginny Baker, who becomes the first woman in Major League Baseball. The show follows Ginny as she struggles with the pressures of fame, the consequences of breaking through the glass ceiling, and her attempts to reconcile her relationship with her father.
Star of the show Kylie Bunbury, is an amazing actress that brings Ginny to life. Ginny’s feelings of loneliness are genuine, her pain heartfelt, and Bunbury’s ability to make this drama realistic, ensures that it is difficult to keep dry eyes throughout.
Pitch isn’t just a show about the first woman pro MLB player. It’s a show that establishes early on, that it wants to break barriers and challenge stereotypes. As a Black father of a teenage daughter, this show more than made me proud. In a time where we are saturated with negative imagery of Black men, it was great to see a Black father portrayed as having a deep, meaningful, and supportive relationship with their daughter. Pitch focuses on nuance without being preachy and perfectly highlights the father, daughter relationship with a normality that is rarely, if ever seen on television.
Pitch is wonderfully written, directed, and acted throughout. You can almost imagine seeing Pitch being played out in real life. In fact, the story doesn’t even seem to hide that it’s at least a little inspired by Mo’ne Davis who could very well be the real world Ginny Baker someday. With so many television shows vying for our attention these days, I was more than a little impressed with Pitch and plan to make it part of my weekly must see TV schedule. This show deserves all the praise and support it gets and then some. We need more television like Pitch.
Pitch airs Thursdays on Fox
Click the image below to watch the pilot episode: