This New Show 'Pitch' Is Really Getting Out Ahead Of This Whole "Women In Professional Sports" Movement
Welcome to the new age! What? You thought we were going to wait until a female actually played professional baseball before we made a television series based on a true story that presumably takes place sometime in the future? Do you know how long it takes to produce a television show? Fox was just getting out ahead of the curve with the the influx of women bound to make their Major League debuts in the next couple of seasons. I suppose that's a poor choice of words since this broad only throws a gimmicky screwball, but the fact of the matter is that women - much like the African Americans before them - are all but certain to overcome the systemic hurdles put in place to consciously keep them out of pro sports. It would be a damn shame if we had to wait until well after they did before we got to watch a television show about it. Hell, it took Jackie Robinson 67 years after breaking the color barrier before he got a movie. I don't want the first female starting pitcher to be dead by the time she gets to watch a biographical series that is loosely based on her hypothetical life. You can ignore the inevitable if you want, but it won't be long before the fairer sex is forcing men to hand over sole possession of another type of diamond and Fox will be damned if they aren't caught up with the times when they do.
In all seriousness, this show doesn't look half bad. I might even watch it once it finally airs. I don't actually care that the plot is incredibly unrealistic. A woman succeeding in Major League Baseball purely through the use of guile is simply not possible given the superior athleticism of male dominated sports, but that's okay because I still enjoy watching a movie about a 12 year old breaking his arm and floater pitching his way to a pennant. I, by no means, need my programming to be rooted in reality. That said, I also don't want my programming promoting itself as if it's some sort of self fulfilling prophecy, because no amount of fictional women in professional baseball is going to make it easier for women to actually play professional baseball.