• Baseball Drama Hits the Right Pitch

    by  • September 9, 2016 • Family Friendly, Fox, Paleyfest 2016 • 11 Comments


    An inspirational family drama with realistically sharp language.

    From early childhood, Ginny Baker’s father drilled her in pitching, pushing her to achieve greatness. And Ginny has – becoming the first female pitcher in major league baseball, opening for the San Diego Padres. Many are firmly in her corner: teammate Blip, who played with Ginny in the minors, and his wife Evelyn; Ginny’s obnoxious agent Amelia; and millions of women and girls who look up to her as an idol. Others are skeptical, but willing to give Ginny a chance, like manager Al and the Padre’s star player and team captain, Mike Lawson. But Ginny also faces challenges: the opposition of chauvinists, other players jealous of her talent, and – perhaps most of all – her own shaky self-confidence. As the pressures of major league baseball mount, will Ginny be able to keep her place on the team?

    Pitch is a delightfully well-crafted program with an upbeat, family-friendly premise. Girls in particular can draw inspiration from the character of Ginny and the way she overcomes obstacles ranging from sexism to self-doubt through determination and the help of her friends; and boys, too, can root for the underdog lead character winning through. In a Paley Center panel, even the first episode’s director, Paris Barclay, sang the praises of the show’s premise: “I’ve been aching to have a show I can watch with my family, and now there is one,” he said.

    The first episode does feature lengthy dialogue about Lawson’s on-field habit as an “ass-slapper,” as well as some other profanities. There is also some sexual innuendo, such as when Evelyn asks Ginny if she showers with her teammates: “Do you get to see their junk?” While realistic for a ball club, parents might consider the salty language on the show inappropriate for young children; but for teens and adults, the program is an involving family drama with a powerful message that girls can do anything.

    Pitch premieres Thursday, September 22 at 9:00 p.m. ET on Fox.



    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    11 Responses to Baseball Drama Hits the Right Pitch

    1. Judy Wallace
      October 7, 2016 at 1:54 pm

      Once again I’m disappointed by this review as I was with the one on ‘This Is Us’. I’m trying hard to understand how any of the ‘oh by the way’ parts that you consider inappropriate for children are otherwise thought okay for older teens. I’m coming to realize that my definition of family friendly and PTC’s are two very different things.
      Please remove me from your mailing list.

    2. Jim
      October 6, 2016 at 10:43 pm

      Things must be getting really bad when you see such a great push for a tv program from PTC only to find that its has sexual dialog and profanity and they think it’s okay. It’s not good for little children but for teens and adults, it is. REALLY?? So there is a different moral standard for little children than there is for rest of us? So older children and adults can “handle” seeing and hearing sex and profanity and that’s okay? Is that what Jesus teaches us?

    3. efred
      September 17, 2016 at 11:39 am

      It sounds all well and good, but I cannot conceive of this show lasting more than a season or two; once she’s proven herself, it’s pretty much over.

      This would have made a great movie, or miniseries, but it’s basic concept is too short for a tv series

      • Christopher Gildemeister
        September 20, 2016 at 2:47 pm

        Actually, Efred, at a Paley Center panel the show’s creator, Rick Singer, identified that very same fact as the biggest difficulty of the show. As you surmised, Singer originally wrote the show as a movie, but was persuaded to turn it into a series. He mentioned that, as the show moves through the season, the tension of “Can she strike the batter out?” or “Will her teammates accept her?” will be resolved fairly quickly. The show will also of necessity begin to focus more on some of the supporting characters, and there will start to be more of a “soap opera” aspect to it.

        Thank you for your comment.

    4. M.K.
      September 17, 2016 at 11:30 am

      Not much on women’s baseball……do not like strong, salty language no matter how realistic you think it is. Many of us do not talk like that, will not let people use it around our children, and we find nothing wrong with the English language with all of it many explanatory words! Thumbs down!

      • Jim
        October 6, 2016 at 10:45 pm

        I said pretty much the same thing. Good to hear you get it too. Thanks

    5. Warner Miller
      September 17, 2016 at 8:01 am

      i am not in favor of female invasion of male sport

    6. John Boulton
      September 17, 2016 at 6:54 am

      Enough of the superwoman already! Sorry, not interested.

    7. lynn
      September 17, 2016 at 6:18 am

      As a mother of boys, I’m not impressed with girls who want to play men’s sports with men. I’m really tired of the “you go girl”, “girls can do anything’ mantra. Girls these days are being taught that children are a burden, that motherhood is not a worthy vocation and should be delayed as long as possible, and that only a career will bring satisfaction and fulfillment to their lives. It’s just not a good message for girls and doesn’t help build strong families.

      • Jim
        October 6, 2016 at 10:49 pm

        I agree 100%. This is just another re-enforcement of the battle of the sexes that is destroying the family. This was planned almost 100 years ago by the socialist/Marxist people like Saul Alinsky.

      • Shinji
        October 14, 2016 at 10:57 pm

        Why does everything have to be about ‘family’? Some women do not want kids. Some women want a career. Some women want to play sports. These are facts that should be accepted.

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