A brief introduction is given by the writer before the episode and its neat how she incorporated her love of baseball into the show. In the episode Winston is a fan of the sport but that stands to reason considering he is the only one who would probably have an interest in it. She mentions a goof in the script where Ray refers to the score as points rather than runs but takes the blame for making the mix up. It’s not a big deal but it’s unusual to see people take blame for something they did wrong. Anyway I enjoyed this one as a kid and find out now that it still holds up very well. The question is will Winston be able to save the day with his baseball skills or will the Ghostbusters strike out? I know a poor pun but would anyone be able to resist saying that for this particular episode?
It begins at night on a minor league baseball field. I’m guessing its minor league since there isn’t even a stadium. From the pitcher’s mound come streaks of blue and red spectral energy I dare say. The streaks dart around the field and eventually return to the mound but clearly something supernatural is stirring. The music is added perfectly to provide that feeling of otherworldly phenomena.
|Ghostbuster policy = bribery|
In the stands Slimer is eating wildly while wearing a jacket and hat. I usually find nothing remotely interesting about Slimer but it’s a funny brief scene. The blue and red streaks appear during the game as Winston watches on. Again they came from the pitcher’s mound. Curiosity is pulling at Winston’s soul right about now. Let’s face it its far more interesting than watching a crappy baseball team play.
|Don't mess with a forearm like that|
Winston decides to take matters into his own hands without the others knowledge and drives up to the field alone in his car, which is styling. A security guard lets him in because he’s so excited to meet a ghostbuster in person. That’s when the spirits come out to play so to speak. Winston tells the guard to take off and he’ll follow. The guard calls the ghostbusters and the others come quickly. “He’s in there. I gotta tell you this guy is brave.” The guard informs the ghostbusters who look at the supernatural event surrounding the field. I always liked that line by the guard, don’t know why. Egon suggests they all fire their beams at the same spot at the base of the dome now covering the field. That allows a tunnel to be formed and entry possible by the guys.
|Which side was the umpire on though?|
The game goes on with the score being tied at 0 in the 8th inning. Evil gets a hit and Winston catches a pop fly where about 50 or so balls fall toward him, although he makes the play and catches one for the out. Peter informs the umpire that evil cheated. I love the response by the umpire as he explains that evil is allowed to cheat because it’s their nature but if good cheats they will forfeit the game. Good can’t take the ways of evil and still be good. Basically evil can do whatever they want to win while good must play by the rules, it’s an awesome little speech. Ray says as they walk away, “I wonder if good is allowed to steal bases?” Peter replies, “Maybe good just borrows them Ray.” Amazing dialogue is all I can say.
|Cheater's never prosper guys|
|Used to be a woolly mammoth?|
I’m not a fan of baseball but this was one of the best episodes yet. It’s not the top but it earns its points, runs or whatever you want to call it. The minimal and effective use of Slimer was great while integrating baseball and ghostbusting flawlessly. I recommend this one to anybody new to the show that is curious about ghostball.
Rating: 10 of 10