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Hardball is a baseball movie that was released in 2001 It is about a gambler who coaches an inner-city Chicago baseball team He does it in order to pay off his debts When he made enough money he realizes he needs the kids as much as they need him There are many themes found throughout the movie 1 There are few acts of exclusiveness throughout the movie The little league they were in provided teams with jerseys and equipments The teams who were predominately white or all white had brand new uniforms and equipment The jersey closely resembled MLB jersey The Kekambas the only all black team did not have either It looked as though they had hand-me-down uniforms and their equipment was not reliable 2 Another theme is the coach-athlete compatibility At first they seemed as though they were not meant for each other but as the movie moves along they were perfect for each other to get past their problems on and off the field 3 Team Cohesion was a theme also In the beginning they only cared about personal glory and didnt believe in one another In the end they believed in one another and it helped bring them a championship 4 Extrinsic motivation was found in the movie also After G-Baby had died they played in the championship game and won the game in his honorThe main characters were 1 Connor ONeill was the head coach He had a gambling problem and only coached the team in order to pay off his debts He later becomes attached to the athletes 2 Sister Elizabeth Wilkes was the teacher for most of the players on the team She really cared about the kids well-being and later takes an interest in Coach ONeill 3 Andre was the goofball of the team Always making jokes and no one ever took him serious 4 Jefferson Albert Tibbs was the overweight kid on the team Pretty
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