Baseball Club Character Analysis

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In a small liberal arts college, Westish College, located near Lake Michigan Mike Schwartz, Henry Skrimshander, Owen Dunne, Guert Affenlight, and Pella Affenlight intertwine their stories together. Even though they come from different backgrounds they share a couple of interests in common. Baseball is one of the interests that brings all of them together. Mike, Henry, and Owen are baseball players and play on the same team which makes them be very close to each other at a certain level mostly when it comes to baseball. Even though Guert and Pella are not baseball players they enjoy watching the games. Baseball and each of the uniqueness of their different personalities enhance that sense of admiration in each other. Admiration is a theme that …show more content…
After Mike saw Henry playing in the field he sensed that Henry was something else. This made Mike really surprised given the fact that he did not expect this great potential player from Henry. Mike had never seen a boy tracking balls as Henry was doing. This made Mike think that he had to approach Henry; he could not miss this opportunity. “Now that he’d seen that kind of talent up close, he couldn’t let it walk away” (p.6). Mike had always wanted to find someone with great talent and agility like Henry. He had no doubt he had to approach Henry and get him to play to Westish College. This was the moment when Mike’s admiration towards Henry started. It started at first from a baseball player’s perspective. Mike was impressed to see Henry, a scrawny kid to which at first glance there seemed no hope in the field, getting all the balls. From this moment on Mike was connected to Henry and he did everything he could to get Henry to Westish’s baseball team. Mike’s admiration to Henry was known by others such as Starblind, one of the players of the baseball team. When Henry was introduced to him he responded, …show more content…
Even though many people admired Henry for how good he was on the field; Mike was admired for how good he was at coaching. He was like a grandfather to the baseball team, and a father to Henry. Mike even got a nickname around the baseball team, they called him “Abuelo.” Henry was a father to the guys in the team and because Mike was like a father to Henry he immediately became the grandfather of the team. His nickname went along with this knees problem and how older he looked from the rest of the team, but there was more than that in the meaning of his nickname. He gave words of wisdom to the players and taught them well. To Mike the players were his apprentices therefore he felt with the responsibility to teach them all that he could to make them better players and men also. He was very passionate about baseball and coaching. He had been long enough in Westish College to call it home. This was where he felt he belonged. The team was not just a team, baseball was not just baseball; all of this was his life. He felt very proud of the school and the baseball team. Everything he wanted was to help the Harpooners

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