Wexler: Watching ‘Pitch’ at Dodger Stadium

From SABR member Sarah Wexler at The Hardball Times on September 13, 2016:

Fans who came out to Dodger Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 4 had the chance to see two rookie starting pitchers make their major league debuts. First, Jose De Leon struck out nine batters in six innings en route to the Dodgers beating the Padres, 7-4. Then, it was Ginny Baker’s turn for the spotlight.

Baker, played by 27-year-old Canadian-born actress Kylie Bunbury, is the protagonist of the upcoming fall drama, “Pitch,” set to premiere Sept. 22 on FOX. The character is a 23-year-old right-handed pitcher who makes history by becoming the first woman to play major league baseball. A screening of the show’s first episode capped off “Take Your Daughter To A Game” Day at Chavez Ravine. This was part of a wider campaign to promote “Pitch” via professional baseball. The show’s premiere episode has also been screened at several minor league ballparks throughout the country as part of “Pitch Night at the Ballpark.”

Prior to and during that Sunday’s game, there were promotional activities for the series behind the stadium’s left field pavilion, including a batting cage and giveaways. One of the show’s stars, Mark-Paul Gosselaar (who plays Bunbury’s teammate), was in attendance. After the game, attendees had the chance to take the field and play catch as the show’s first episode played on DodgerVision.

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Originally published: September 16, 2016. Last Updated: September 16, 2016.