Craig Calcaterra

Blogger at NBC Sport.com's HardballTalk. Recovering litigator. Rake. Scoundrel. Notorious Man-About-Town.

Watch the trailer for “Pitch,” the new show about a woman pitcher in the bigs

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In January we mentioned a new show from Fox called “Pitch.” It’s a drama about the first woman major leaguer. Yesterday a trailer for “Pitch” debuted and the plot becomes way more clear.

The main character, a pitcher, plays for the Padres. She made the bigs after what seems like some intense coaching from her father, who taught her to throw a screwball, which people in the trailer refer to as a “trick pitch,” as if Hector Santiago doesn’t exist, but we’ll let that one go.

You can tell that there will be the obvious dramatic tension you’d expect from this kind of thing. Storylines about whether what she’s doing is for herself or to please her dad. Jealousy and acrimony from teammates. Early nerves and a case of the yips. No doubt at least one teammate with a heart of gold who gets the rest of the team in line (I’m guessing the David Ross-esque catcher in the trailer). A LOT of exposition from media members playing themselves. You know the drill.

Hard to say if it’ll be a good show or a bad show. At first I thought that there was one GLARING issue: Petco Park was being shown with throngs of excited fans, and that’s simply fantastical. Then I realized that the Dodgers were the opposition in that game and it was immediately far more realistic. Also: I give Dan Lauria, who plays the Padres’ skipper, a preliminary 24 on my Most Handsome Managers list. He earned at least that much based on “Wonder Years” goodwill.

Beyond that: could be good. I dunno. I’ll give it a chance.

Chipper Jones implies that baseball people don’t much like Jose Bautista

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In the normal course you’d think that the opinion of baseball people, especially old school baseball people, would be, at worst, evenly split between Jose Bautista and Rougned Odor but maybe more on Bautista’s side of things. He’s the more experienced veteran. His act — a slide that, while some may consider dirty, old school baseball types would consider “hard” — was less over-the-top than a punch. And, of course, there were already a lot of stories floating around about Odor’s allegedly bad attitude or bad behavior.

However, to some close to the game, it seems like Odor is being perceived as the better actor here. Jon Heyman observes that at least, and a future Hall of Famer weighs in on why:

Basically, Jones is saying, that people in the game hate Jose Bautista.

I can’t recall stories that implied that Bautista wasn’t well-liked before. Certainly not before the bat flip last October. And even then, most of the anti-Bautista bat flip sentiment came from retired dudes. It makes me wonder if people don’t like him for other reasons. Or if that bat flip really was a truly divisive thing among more than the retired set. Or, alternatively, if people in the game just like that Odor’s punch landed so cleanly and are getting off on that.

So much drama.

And That Happened: Monday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Indians 15, Reds 6: The Ohio Series! Loser gets Ohio? They should play this series in Columbus, by the way. Actually, the exact geographic center between these the two ballparks is just north of Columbus, 3-4 miles north of the Polaris Mall on I-71, before you get to the exit for Route 37/36 a few miles east of Delaware. Lots of land to build a ballpark there. Which is also fairly close to Governor Kasich’s house. MAKE IT HAPPEN, JOHN. Anyway, the Reds actually led this one 4-0 entering the bottom of the third before the Indians went off. Yan Gomes went off more than anyone, driving in four. The Tribe notched 19 hits.

Marlins 5, Phillies 3: Marcell Ozuna has a 16-game hitting streak, and homered in this one. Bill wrote last night about how Ozuna has been using hitting coach Barry Bonds’ bats during the streak. Well, at least the same model with Bonds’ name on it, which Bonds orders for him. When he was hired as hitting coach a lot of people made jokes about how he could “help” Marlins hitters by supplying them with some of his, ahem, special products. Who knew it would be bats?

Pirates 8, Braves 5: The Pirates had a 6-0 lead before the Braves decided to wake up and start hitting, but as usual it was too little, too late for Atlanta. Actually, most of the season it’s been simply too little, full stop, so the “too late” part is an improvement. Matt Joyce homered and drove in three off the bench. Joyce is hitting .372/.500/.767 with five homers as a pinch hitter/bench dude this year. That’s the stuff of an epic player in those 1980s computer sim baseball games I used to play, none of which controlled for plate appearances and would thus give a player that kind of production over a full season’s worth of work. I DESTROYED people with Pedro Guerrero’s 1978 season. The last time I played one of those, in college, I used Chipper Jones’ 1993 line. Triples and doubles out the yang from those two.

Rays 13, Blue Jays 2: The Rays hit four homers —Curt Casali hit a three-run shot, Tim Beckham and Steve Pearce each hit two-run shots and Desmond Jennings soloed —  and won in a laugher. There are probably angry Jays fans on the Internet right now saying that they were all sucker hits or are unearthing old video of Rays hitters not signaling before turning or throwing styrofoam in recycling bins as a means of proving their poor character or something. They spent a lot of time doing that yesterday and old habits die hard.

Tigers 10, Twins 8: The Tigers blew an 8-0 lead and Brad Ausmus got ejected after one of those classic “uh-oh, they’re speculating about my job in the papers so I had better show them I still have some fire in me” meltdowns. I don’t know if him getting ejected led to the late Nick Castellanos and J.D. Martinez homers which salvaged the game for Detroit, but if the team somehow turns things around now and the season is saved, they’ll say that his meltdown did it. That’s how storytelling works.

Diamondbacks 12, Yankees 2: Jake Lamb singled, doubled and homered — a three-run shot — as the Dbacks cruised. Arizona scored six runs in four games against the Giants and doubled that in one night here. Lamb on his homer, which went over the swimming pool: “I got the barrel on it and the ball flew.” Still holding out hope that one day a hitter describes his home run with a total non-sequitur instead of a basic, literal description of what happened. Reporter: “talk about what happened with that homer in the sixth.” Player: “Well, I just I mambo dogfaced to the banana patch.”

Athletics 3, Rangers 1: Sean Manaea got his first major league win. He did so after cutting off his long, curly locks before the game. Or, as they used to say in the business back in the day, he “pulled a reverse Samson.” In the 90s my generation replaced that by saying he “listened to Pavement.” I don’t know what they say now. Damn Millennials.

Angels 7, Dodgers 6: The exact geographic midpoint between Dodger Stadium and Angel Stadium is Norwalk, California. If anyone has any leads on a place where these guys could play there, forward it on to Stan Kasten or Arte Moreno or someone. We’ll figure it out. Albert Pujols and Mike Trout combined to drive in six runs as the Angels win their fourth in a row.

Red Sox vs. Royals — POSTPONED: Rain ammunition
The foreign prey
Winter is rapt
And it’s a cold, bitter trap
Ride away
Lose the virgin tribe (yeah)