// Y’ALL?? CAN WE TALK ABOUT THIS????
I just happened to stumble upon this and oh my god?? I was literally right about Jess not being cis and using multiple sets of pronouns but not caring to find a label for it. Not that those labels really existed in the 40s but ya know
Okay, I don't have a tumblr but I saw your post about Lupe taking signs and it is something that has bothered me the whole show. It makes absolutely no sense for a picture not to take any signs from a catcher, they are just asking for a passed ball. Not to mention it makes it impossible for Carson to frame the plate well. Genuinely, how are they supposed to be a good battery without Carson knowing what is coming?
okay the thing is you’re SO right about everything you just said but it only makes me love that moment even more. you’re exactly right that from a baseball perspective no self-respecting catcher, much less a catcher who’s also the coach for fuck’s sake, would ever ask a pitcher to pitch without signs—but from a story and character development perspective… i am kissing that scene with tongue.
because it’s all about trust and their developing relationship! by telling lupe to pitch without signs, carson is saying that she’s willing to take the blame for all of the bad pitches. every ball that gets past her, every pitch that could have been a strike if carson had framed it right but is called as a ball instead, every base and run that those errors cost the team—carson is telling lupe that’s on her, not lupe. especially given that this is lupe’s first game post-injury, that means even more. carson is putting her ass on the line to cover for any rustiness/adjustment time lupe may have in this game.
not only that, but it really explicitly gives lupe a lot of power in their relationship on the diamond. given the context of the episode and lupe’s (JUSTIFIED!!!!) frustration with the coaching power struggle and carson’s appointment as coach, carson is apologizing and attempting to make it right by telling lupe she gets to run the game, giving her the power to decide what pitches are thrown. yes, pitchers always get the final say, but carson is doing away with even the symbolic notion of telling lupe what to do in this game.
frankly, lupe could have chosen to pitch terribly and intentionally throw passed balls and frame carson as an incompetent catcher and coach here. carson knows that—she’s a professional catcher, she has to know that—but she trusts lupe not to abuse that power.
and lupe doesn’t. she pitches a fucking killer game, and after a few innings (i would guess, time gets a little wonky in gameplay montages), lupe forces carson to give her a sign. to me, that represents the moment lupe forgives carson and that they start to rebuild their relationship (which gets complicated by the getting traded/gay bar plot in the next ep, but the betrayal carson feels there is only possible because of this moment). lupe acknowledges and accepts the apology from carson and asks to return to the usual pitcher/catcher dynamic.
and carson offers a one. she calls for a fastball. and lupe smirks, and nods, and hurtles a comet of a third strike straight down home fucking plate.
remember what carson said to lupe before she says “you lead, i catch, no signs”? she says, “the forkball was dove’s pitch. what’s yours?”
it’s the fastball. carson knows it. lupe knows it. and in this moment lupe makes sure carson knows it’s not just her pitch—it’s their pitch. lupe explicitly invites carson to be a part of this third strike, this last out, this winning play.
so in other words yes, for sure, my jock brain scoffs at the idea that a catcher would ever fuck themselves over like that in a game, especially one so important. but for that exact reason, my writer filmmaker brain LOVES it as a symbol of lupe and carson’s relationship development. it’s a beautiful expression of trust between these two characters who want and need to trust each other but haven’t been able to due to outside influences. it’s the turning point where they start to become real friends, and i fucking love it.