Billy Chapel Film Analysis

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Chappie’s Tale Billy Chapel is an extremely dedicated and loyal teammate, an all around ‘stand up guy’. He stands for what he believes in and makes it a point to be decent to everybody he encounters. He is a consummate professional who is driven by respect for the game he loves and for himself. He has earned the loyalty and admiration of those around him, especially his team. His dedication to his team and to his teammates is proven on two occasions, one in both the book and the movie, and the other in only the movie. The first occasion is while Billy warms up before the big game. The team manager, Maxwell, informs him that he plans on sitting Gus, the catcher, out for the game and replacing him with a man with more power who can hit homeruns. Billy adamantly, but respectfully refuses, stating that he will pitch to nobody but Gus. “NO.” Chapel said. Maxwell stared, mouth open. “Gus catches. Only Gus. You hear me. I hope. I hope…show more content…
In the 19 years, have I ever not showed?” Frank Perry: “Well, that's true of everyone until the first time they don't show.” This brief exchange of words shows a great deal of what kind of man Billy is. We discover that Billy has not missed one single game in his illustrious nineteen year career. It takes a lot of dedication, hard works, resilience and a little bit of luck to not have missed one single game in a span of nineteen years Billy has a special skill, better yet, a gift from the baseball gods. He has this gift that gave him the ability to block out all distractions. In the book this is evident in his knack for blocking out a crowd, namely the fans and other people I the field. In this shown visually, in the movie he simply mutters the phrase, “Clear the mechanism” and everything save the man at bat and the catcher fades out of vision. This helps him a great deal throughout his career; it takes a whole lot of borderline painful concentration that most humans are unable to deal

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