Ginny Butler becomes the first female to start in the Major Leagues by starting for the San Diego Padres. Despite, or perhaps because of the fanfare and media circus that surrounded her, she only throws 10 pitches. Ownership forces the Padres manager to let Ginny start another game instead of sending her back to the minors. After the game, she practices her pitches with her father. Periodic flashbacks tell the story of Ginny's path to the Majors including her father teaching her to pitch, winning the state championship and getting noticed by scouts for the Padres. In her second start, Padres catcher Mike Lawson talks to Ginny and tells her to start playing for herself, not for anyone else. This helps her snaps out of her nerves and pitches well into the seventh inning.
Did You Know?
It is a bit of an inside joke, but the owner (portrayed by Bob Balaban
) is talking a blue streak to Oscar Arguella, the team's general manager (portrayed by Mark Consuelos
), when the owner says that Oscar is Spanish (as in from Spain), and Oscar says under his breath "I'm actually Mexican." But, in reality, the opposite is true. Consuelos is portraying a Mexican character, but Consuelos was actually born March 30, 1971 in Zaragoza, Aragón, Spain. making him, by definition, Spanish. See more
When Ginny is walking down from her hotel room, one of the TV announcers refers to Ginny as "the first female athlete to compete in any of the four major North American professional sports leagues". This isn't true as Manon Rheaume played for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey league in 1992. See more
Your teammates are excited to meet you.
No, they're not. Ticketing and sales people, they're excited to meet me. My teammates, 75% think I'm the next San Diego Chicken. The other 25 just want to see me shower. And I bet your manager thinks you should've called up Walker instead of me, and I'm just here because of all that. But none of that matters. You know why?
No, but colored me intrigued.
Because today, I'm the starting pitcher for the San Diego Padres.
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