Pitch’s Kylie Bunbury is poised to take the mound

Ray Mickshaw / FOX
Ray Mickshaw / FOX

One of this fall’s most buzzed about new series is the Fox drama Pitch. The show is about a young female pitcher, Ginny Baker, who becomes the first woman to play professional baseball. The show will follow the circumstances and obstacles faced by the league’s first female player and is actually collaborating with Major League Baseball on the venture. “The amazing thing about this show is that we’re working in conjunction with MLB,” said Pitch star Kylie Bunbury. That collaboration is a first between the MLB and a series, and means that the show will not only get access to parks such as Petco Park in San Diego, but also access to uniforms and shooting at other fields.

The TV Junkies caught up with Montreal native Bunbury last week during the Corus upfronts presentation and she already has some experience when it comes to what it takes to be a professional athlete. “My dad played for the Canadian National team. He was a striker,” she told us. After following her father’s career as a pro soccer player to England and later to Portugal, Bunbury’s family landed in Minnesota. Her brother is currently a professional soccer player and she said that “growing up with athletes really helped me do this role.”

Bunbury confirmed that Pitch is “definitely a family show,” which is good given all the young fans it’s sure to draw in. “Already with social media and the trailer being out, there’s been a lot of great feedback from young girls excited about their own future,” Bunbury told us. She also added that she’s fully aware how important the show can be. “I realize how unique and special this story is and its message,” she said.

Ray Mickshaw / FOX
Ray Mickshaw / FOX

She also hopes young girls will tune in and take away a very special message. “I think it’s really inspiring for them to see that just because something hasn’t been done before doesn’t mean you can’t do it,” said Bunbury. She added that by showing Ginny’s story she hopes young girls will see “just because something hasn’t been done before doesn’t mean you can’t do it. All it requires is heart, drive and very strong work ethic.”

Bunbury has been putting her own strong work ethic to the test in learning the mechanics of pitching for the role. “I can throw different types of pitches,” she confirmed. However, the thought of throwing out a first pitch at a MLB game still scares the young actress. “I’m sure it’ll come along,” she said it sounds to us like it won’t be long before Bunbury will be throwing out those first pitches with ease. She said she’s still practicing and learning, but that pitching did come “quite naturally because I’m athletic, but it’s almost like dancing. For me when I think of it in that way it was a lot easier to get the motions down.”

Those mechanics will be put to the test when Bunbury and Pitch joins the Fox and Global fall TV lineup on Thursdays this fall at 9 p.m. The show is already one of fall tv’s most buzzed about dramas and with good reason said Bunbury. “Women continue to break stereotypes. I think it’s only a matter of time before we see women in other male sports,” she said. While that day may surely come, for now audiences can tune in this fall to see how Bunbury and Ginny fare.

 

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Pitch will air Thursdays at 9 p.m. this fall on Global and Fox.