Tuesday, October 11, 2016
The short answer is I like it.
I have the problem that lawyers have with legal shows, doctors have with medical shows, and vampires have with post-apocalyptic shows.
There are a lot of technical baseball points they get wrong that as an insider I notice, but I doubt most viewers would. And I totally get the notion of creative license.
A few things do bother me though. When Ginny Baker arrives at the clubhouse none of the Padres players know her. But if she came up through their organization (which they said she did) then she would have played with most of these guys somewhere along the line in the minors.
The characters in general are kind of stock. Dan Luria plays the gruff but lovable rumpled manager. You’ve seen that guy in a hundred baseball movies. A lot of managers are young today and relate differently to the players. And Bob Balaban plays his usual weasel asshole. He’s such a good actor. Just once I’d like to see him in a role where I didn’t want to punch him in the face.
My big question is where is the series going? After awhile Ginny either fits in and just becomes a part of the team, or she doesn’t and she’s released. After they do the stories about her breaking in, her notoriety, and adjusting to life in the majors then what?
I guess they’re kind of going for a Jackie Robinson type scenario but the stakes and hatred was off the charts for Jackie. Ginny gets to go on KIMMELL.
For now I’m on board with PITCH. And I’m sure once December and January roll around I’ll be thrilled just to watch a show about baseball. And I can’t wait for them to do the episode where Ginny takes steroids and they swap out Kylie Bunbury with Barry Bonds with a wig.
By Ken Levine at 6:00 AM