[Warning: The following contains spoilers for Thursday's episode of Pitch. Read at your own risk]
If the first episode of Pitch was about whether Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury) could handle the pressures of major league baseball, the second episode was about whether the rest of her team could deal with the pressure of having her on their team.
Episode 2 picks up mere hours after Ginny's first winning game and "Ginsanity" is in full effect. Now that Ginny is the center of the media's eye, she has to deal with having microphones shoved in her face and figuring out how to be a role model and icon while the rest of her team resents her for all the attention. All she wants is to be one of the guys, but the episode forces Ginny to accept her place in the spotlight and fight for her right to be just a ball player -- and using her platform for good.
The episode works so hard to point out the sexism that keeps Ginny from being able to just do her job and the importance of her determining her own labels. That's what makes it almost cringe-worthy when she and her team captain Mike Lawson (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) start giving off not-so-subtle romantic vibes at the end of the hour.
Thus far, Mike and Ginny have one of the most compelling relationships on the show. While Blip (Mo McRae) is Ginny's support system, Mike has worked out a way to motivate Ginny. They challenge each other and their interactions make for the comedic relief of the show. They are great team mates, but should they be more?
That's a question that it's too early to even ask, let alone considering trying to answer. Mike ends up putting the moves on Amelia (Ali Larter), instead of his team mate, but Ginny disproving of that hook-up will be the last indication needed to confirm the show is trying to drum up romantic sparks between the pitcher and catcher -- and no one needs that.
Pitch has such an ambitious premise and there's plenty of drama to mine from Ginny's first few weeks in the MLB that they don't need to pair her up with someone -- specifically her team mate -- this early in the season. Bringing up romantic feelings between Ginny and Mike, even if it doesn't immediately develop into a relationship, undermines the good work the show is trying to do -- breaking barriers and inspiring a new generation of young women.
In many ways, the show is in the same position that Ginny herself is in. The spotlight is on them, while everyone watches how this important story will play out. The show should follow Ginny's lead then and create their own mold rather than giving in to typical television tropes.
Pitch airs Thursdays at 9/8c on Fox.