From the moment Luther Woundup launches the orange baseball over the wall at Riders Field, Sacramento fans are introduced to the most intriguing mascot the game has ever seen. Luther bursts onto the field and into their hearts with the most ingenious, magical displays. But like a modern day Trojan Horse, the display serves as a ruse to collect human brain waves with an innocent-looking device invented by Luther’s father, the reigning scientist on Spalding. The mission: convert the contents into cortesium, which is needed to save his people. At least, that’s what Luther is told. Eventually, he learns the true purpose of his mission, pitting father against son in, “The Pitch,” by Sacramento author, R. A. Cabral.