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Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Netflix , Hulu , MLB

TV Show 'Pitch': Keep Ginny Baker in the Game

Every night, millions of Americans sit down and watch TV. Or the DVR it. Or stream it. Some watch it to forget their troubles, others for pure enjoyment, and some for tight writing and compelling acting. Either way, we're drawn into these mostly fictional worlds that creators, writers, actors, producers, studios, etc create for us to engage in. And, we, the viewers, vary by age, gender, beliefs, race, occupation, and so forth. But, for one night, we are united by our like interest in a show. The show that this petition is specifically about is called 'Pitch' that originally aired on FOX for one season before it was cancelled on May 1, 2017. I want to say that 'Pitch' was about the first female baseball player (Ginny Baker) in Major League Baseball, but it wasn't just about that. It wasn't just about her journey on the field, but off of it as well. It was about management, the league, and how society at large perceived her place in baseball, it was about relationships whether they be personal or professional, it was about identity, and belonging, it was about admitting when you need help and accepting it when offered, it was about making mistakes, it was about love and family, it was about life.  Some say that the premise was cheesy and/or far fetched, and regardless of what some say, the story was and is necessary. Because, once many gave it a chance, they not only appreciated the story, they loved it. The characters were well developed, the acting was great, and the writing was phenomenal. 'Pitch' didn't just entertain, it made you think and relate to what was going on with Ginny Baker and co. 'Pitch' was diverse and inclusive: Ginny Baker, the lead character, was a black woman; Eliot, Ginny's social media director was Asian; and Oscar, the GM, was latino. There was a woman in high powered position and woman who was a stay at home wife and neither were talked down upon to build the other up. Both of these ladies' life choices were seen as valid. There was Mike Lawson, the all-star the aging catcher with bad knees who was at the end of his career without a ring who served as mentor/friend to Ginny. Blip Sanders friend and teammate of Ginny along with his wife Evelyn who is also a friend of Ginny and is looking to spread her wings. 'Pitch' explored all of these characters and emphasized that all of their experiences were valid and important.  But, 'Pitch didn't have the ratings and although that tells a story, it's not of one you would think. 'Pitch' was supposed to premiere in the Spring, BUT that was changed due to Kerry Washington's pregnancy who stars in 'Scandal' as well as the decision of ABC to shorten Scandal and move it to the second half of the TV season. FOX wanted to capitalize off of this 'empty' slot and see if they could fill the void while Scandal was on hiatus, which is why it was moved to Fall on Thursday 9 EST/8 CST. The problem with this move was: 'Pitch' had to compete with NFL, MLB post season, and Shondaland (shows created by Shonda Rhimes that are incredibly popular and have an entire prime time night).  Furthermore, many shows or, at least, many shows that network studios want to excel, are paired with heavily popular shows. 'Pitch's' lead in show was 'Rosewood', a show that only had a few thousand more viewers than 'Pitch', but 'Pitch' managed to have a higher rating share (percentage of people actually watching during this time slot) than 'Rosewood' as the season progressed. This doesn't even factor into the fact that Thursday night on FOX has become the equivalent of Friday Night Death slot. In the past few years, almost no news shows succeed there or they are moved to other nights to prolong their life cycle. But, 'Pitch' was put there because they had no where else to put the show. So, it had to go up against heavyweights on other networks all while having a weak lead in, which put them in a position where ratings were already sparse. Quite a few baseball fans said that the show appealed to them, but that they wanted to watch real baseball during the post season rather than the fictional version. Some even went as far as saying it should air in the spring, which was the original plan. Either way, they were interested in watching only AFTER baseball ended (the crowd FOX was trying to capitalize on--BTW, they rarely promoted this show during the World series and showed another show instead before/after the game went off). Others had said, that they were interested in the show, but put it off to watch later because there is so much content to catch up on (which is a huge problem in entertainment and why ratings plummeted from the golden years where 12 million didn't even hit the top 10 for some nights and now 12 million can be a top show for a night). Despite this show being led by a black woman who is an athlete, this show is for everyone: girls, boys, athletes, bookworms, stay at home parents, working parents, those who hate sports (yes, they have a huge following by those who hate sports, but love the show), and those who love sports; it doesn't matter if you're white, black, mexican, asian, etc. Because, despite the premise sounding narrow and niche, it honestly is for everyone. This isn't just about saving a show, but rather, keeping alive a show that addressing social issues in an authentic and relatable way. And the topics that 'Pitch' addresses doesn't just connect with it's American audiences, but those who watch overseas as well or in the neighboring countries. It just needs an honest opportunity to thrive, which is why we need your help. Please sign the petition to keep this bold, phenomenal show alive. We need all of the support we can get so that streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, or MLB Network can pick up the show and keep Ginny Baker on our TV screens. 

Zia Paul
1,519 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to MLB

Disinvite George H. W. Bush from saying "play ball" at Sunday's World Series game

Three women have come forward to accuse former president George H. W. Bush of groping them while taking pictures with him. Here's one account, from actress Jordana Grolnick: “He reached his right hand around to my behind, and as we smiled for the photo he asked the group, ‘Do you want to know who my favorite magician is?’ As I felt his hand dig into my flesh, he said, ‘David Cop-a-Feel!'” President Bush has confirmed these stories. In a statement, he used the excuse that these incidents were "jokes" and that "on occasion, he has patted women’s rears in what he intended to be a good-natured manner."  This attempt to dismiss what Christina Baker Kline, Heather Lind and Jordana Grolnick clearly saw as harassment demonstrates that he does understand the gravity of his actions. In her own words, Lind said she was "sexually assaulted". This tepid response from a former president is unacceptable. In the wake of multiple sexual assault scandals involving powerful men, we must take a stand and send a clear message that this behavior is wrong, regardless of who you are. A half-hearted apology must not be the only consequence a person faces for such despicable behavior! Bush is scheduled to appear at Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday in Houston to say "play ball" to start the game. Major League Baseball, you can send a clear message that you have zero tolerance for sexual assault by disinvite him. Baseball is America's pastime and reflects the character of our country. Honor these three courageous women and the hundreds of others that have risked so much to come forward with their stories. Disinvite George H. W. Bush from Sunday's game. Perhaps you could even invite Christina, Heather and Jordana to say "play ball" instead!

Ben Dolman
16 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Pony Baseball, Tom O'Connor, Abraham Key, Carson Fox, Kim Lemons

STOP CHILDREN FROM LOSING A YEAR OF BASEBALL!

ISSUE: The Board of Directors for Pony Baseball in Pennsylvania has passed a rule which will move the cut-off date to determine the age for all players from April 30 to August 31.  The effect of this is that all players who are born between these two dates will skip ahead an age group next year (2018) –effectively taking away a year of baseball from these children.  This will impact one third of all children in Pony Baseball.  Little League baseball has passed a similar rule and it appears that Pony is following them.  The one difference is that Little League has a grandfather clause for those children who are turning 12 next year. THE PONY BOARD’S REASONING: By the time the Pony National Tournament is over each summer, approximately one third of the children have had a birthday making them older than the designated age.  This is a quote from the Board, “The Board felt it was important to re-align the age cut-off date to insure that all players with in a two year age division were all within the defined age interval, i.e. Pinto 7-8, Mustang 9-10, Bronco 11-12, Pony 13-14, Colt 15-16 and Palomino 17-18, not only for the regular season but sanctioned tournament play as well.” COUNTER ARGUMENT: Pony baseball supports all levels of skill, not just “All Stars”.  Perhaps, 25% of children make All Star teams and perhaps one third have had a birthday by the end of World Series (in which very few children participate).  In order to fix a problem very few people feel like is a problem, an estimated 100,000 children will lose a season of baseball.  Further, due to the fact that in many parts of the country baseball is played year-round, many of these children have developed some of their strongest and most important relationships with those in their age groups - not just with friends, but also adults – who can provide vital role models in children’s lives.  This is a special benefit to the ritual of baseball due to the amount of time spent together.  This negatively affects not just children who are directly impacted by the rule, but also children who remain in their age group as both friends and coaches will “skip ahead”.      ALTERNATIVE PROPOSAL:  If it is important to the Pony Board to eliminate children being older than the designated age group by the time the World Series takes place, then this can be accomplished by changing the age group as children enter the Pony system either as they enter Shetland or Pinto.  This would make it so no children will lose a year of baseball and the strong baseball bonds do not need to be broken.  

Philip Anton
650 supporters