Pointless Nonsense

Posted in tv by Bill on September 24, 2016

pitchPitch is Fox’s new series that tells the story of the first female Major League Baseball player. Made with the participation of MLB, they get to use actual team names and the real PetCo Park, so she’s on the Padres instead of the San Diego Knights or whatever, which is cool.

It stars a girl who looks kinda like young Gina Torres, the dad from The Wonder Years, Ali Larter, the black guy from Third Watch, Kelly Ripa’s husband, Bob Balaban, Mark-Paul Gosselaar with a baseball bro beard, and basically everybody involved baseball coverage or analysis for Fox because cross-promotion (the FS1 channel logo is also everywhere).

The pilot is pretty good, but I wonder about the series going forward. They manage to effectively build up excitement and the whole significance of the first woman pitching. But… once she has her initial success, it’s mostly just a baseball drama I guess? I’m not sure if that’s going to be all that good. But we’ll see.

Some gripes, mostly baseball: I’m not sure a screwball is that much of a “secret weapon,” since there are always at least one or two pitchers in the majors that throw it. Pretty sure Yu Darvish does currently. Knuckleball would have made more sense, since they do talk about her lack of MLB velocity. We’re supposed to believe Zack Morris is an older catcher (he’s 40-something but I guess we’re supposed to believe he’s about 35) who drives in 130 runs a year, but they haven’t moved him to first or left field to preserve his knees? Or traded him to the AL to DH? Mike Piazza is likely the best power hitting catcher of all time and never drove in 130, and by 34 he never drove in 70. Joe Mauer switched to 1B at 31, Bryce Harper quit catching in the minors, Yogi Berra quit catching full time at 35, and Buster Posey’s getting more and more time at 1B still in his 20s. Why do they use a cover of “Sympathy for the Devil” on the soundtrack when she finally gets her shit together and starts pitching well? I think they thought “pleased to meet you” worked as a “this is my introduction to the world” type thing, but the narrator of the song is literally Satan.

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