Pitch is an anamoly of a show for me, because I don't usually fall so fast or so hard for a show. Y'all, my insta-love affair with Pitch happened fast, and I don't think I'll ever be the same. I quickly fell for the story of Ginny Baker (played by the incredible Kylie Bunbury)—a badass, relentless, hurt, vulnerable, and deeply cared for black woman who happens to be the first female pitcher for the MLB.
For those of you who are sportsball averse, I will tell you that MLB sits as a backdrop—an important one—to the heart of the story: Ginny Baker and her relationships, the most important of which (in my humble opinion) is with her catcher Mike Lawson (played by the incredible Mark-Paul Gosselaar).
And even though I’m a tried and true Ginny x Mike shipper, they're not the only reason for needing more of this show—right now. Pronto. I need more Evelyn and Blip. I need more Oscar and Al. I need more Amelia and Eliot. I need more of my fictional Padres and their colorful commentary.
This show is far too good to only get one season.
Here’s 7 reasons why we need a season two of Pitch:
1. Ginny Baker’s story is far from over
In the final episode of Season 1, we see Ginny, alone, going into an MRI machine, and we don’t know the outcome. A ground ball curtailed Ginny, who was well on her way to pitching a no-hitter, and things just sort of unravel from there. We don’t know the extent of her injury or how long it’ll take her to recover. Will she have to go down to the minors recuperate, and usher in some new characters? Or will she be ready to go at spring training? What’s gonna happen with Noah? (Hopefully nothing). It was such a privilege to watch Ginny fight and struggle and fail throughout season one, to see her be so deeply cared for and loved. I’m so invested in Ginny Baker’s story, and it’s only just starting.
2. Blip and Evelyn are…?
What’s going to happen to my favorite married couple on TV? At the end of Season 1, Blip and Evelyn are at a crossroads. Blip wants to have another kid, and Evelyn wants to follow through with the restaurant idea even though she’ll be doing it without Ginny’s brother Will. We see Blip toying with his wedding ring at the end of the season, encamped on the couch instead of near his wife. My heart needs a resolution.
3. Mike and Rachel need a denouement
This is making the cut because I honestly need to see a definite end to this relationship. (Yes, I’m looking at this through shipper goggles, don’t judge me.)
Mike still has feelings for his ex, but he also has totally undeniable feelings for Ginny Baker, too. And because I loathe love triangles and find them infinitely boring, I have no desire to see this thing play out as such. Mike and Rachel need to figure out what in the world is going on with the two of them then decide to consciously uncouple.
4. Jealous/Pining Mike
It’s a favorite of mine, and I regret nothing saying so. I desperately need to see a pining, moony-eyed Mike Lawson. When Ginny dumps her billionaire and starts dating someone who doesn’t play the guitar in coffee shops (please no more, thanks), Ginny should get some hunky, non-baseball player boyfriend who’s also cuddly and supportive. Maybe he shows up at her games in her jersey. Maybe Mike sees and hates it. Maybe my heart rejoices from all the wonderful, delicious tension this creates.
5. Ginny and Mike doing the baseball
I really do enjoy the sport of baseball—40% because of the actual game, 60% because of baseball pants. I love the connection between Ginny and Mike when they’re on the pitch. They’re synchronized and have learned to trust one another. And as Mike’s career starts to dwindle, while Ginny’s continues to rise, it’ll be interesting to see if that dynamic shifts and if this obvious, beautiful thing between them is going to continue to affect how they work with one another.
6. Friendships for Ginny outside of baseball
We had a glimpse of that with Cara in episode 1x06, and I really enjoyed having her around. It feels really important to remember that Ginny Baker dedicated so much of her life to baseball, and as such, doesn’t really know anything else, and hasn’t lived much of life as just your average twenty-three year old. Watching her cut up and have a great time was fun to watch, now we need to see it without the dire consequences.
7. Ginny and Mike’s...yeah
So, we all know why I’m here—Ginny and Mike’s slow burn for the ages. Ginny states that she and Mike won’t be having any talk about them as it pertains to their almost kissing while they’re teammates. So
I’m interested I must see how the Pitch writers plan to handle this, because it’s all out there. They were prepared to take that big leap in episode 1x09, and because Mike didn’t go anywhere, they didn’t. So what now? What now?? Please, please, give us all the delicious tension, my shipper heart is ready.
So, powers that be, do us a solid and renew this wonderful show, because it’s too good not to get a second start.
What’s your reason for needing a Season 2? Tell me in the comments!
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