Bio: in such a tough neighborhood. Throughout
Bio: 16 year old high school student
Gambling addict Connor O’Neil ends up deep in debt after he borrows money from almost every loan shop in town to fuel his addiction. In order to pay the mounds of money that he owes, he is requested to coach a little-league baseball team, the Kekambas. At first, Connor doesn’t start off right with the kids and doesn’t see the point of him being there. Even though Connor paid the kids no attention, they were somehow inspired by his presence. Later, He realizes that he must come to grips at what he wants in his life, and ultimately forms a special bond with the kids on the team.
At the beginning of the movie, we see Connor O’Neil at his worst. The personality traits he has are reflective of an orange. One of the more positive traits is being able to take decisive action. This can been seen in beginning of the movie, where he is in James’ office, and he immediately decides to coach the Kekambas, after the promise of a steady income. Connor shows that he likes sports, by always watching or betting on basketball games, and baseball games. Another good trait is his ability to solve problems, as he did when there was a shortage in jerseys. He solved this problem by telling G-baby of the shortage, but still letting him stay on the team. He is very much a risk-taker, and loves to live for the moment. This can be proven, as he is constantly gambling in the beginning, even if he needs to borrow money to pay off his huge debts. Connor possesses many typical behaviours of an out-of-esteem orange, as well. First, he uses stimulants, such as drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and etc., when things don’t go his way, as seen in first couple of scenes. Second, he is physically aggressive, as shown in the quote, “no one can kick my ass better than I can”. Third he showed that he wanted to drop out of coaching the Kekambas by saying, “I’m bailing out”, when he found it uninteresting. Finally, he lied to Ms. Wilks, by saying he was a businessman, who just finished an errand in Canada.
Even though Connor is wary of coaching at first, he begins to see the harsh reality of the kids’ lives and the nature of being brought up in such a tough neighborhood. Throughout the movie he develops into a blue. This is represented in his new and improved personality traits, which are: sensitive, caring and relationship-orientated. The sensitive and caring Connor can be seen when he starts driving the kids home and making sure they get home safely every night. He becomes relationship-orientated, as he apologized to Ms. Wilks, and with the kids by taking them to see a real baseball game. Another trait he develops is being emotional, as he was almost on the verge of tears, when making his speech during G-baby’s funeral. Also, at the funeral he says, “I was terrified for him”. This shows that he has become empathetic towards others. Even though he possesses these new blue traits, he still balanced them well with some of his orange traits. Some of the orange traits he keeps still being a sports lover. Another trait is his knack of solving problems in a major situation. This is shown towards the end of the movie, when he decided to lead the crowd in singing the lyrics to the song Miles’ always listens to, in order to help him pitch better.
Once a rebellious orange, he turns into a fun, sports-loving, emotional caring blue-orange that bonds with the children and no longer wants to gamble, scalp tickets, or throw his life away. He ends up loving to do what he initially was doubtful of: coaching a little-league baseball team in the projects. His personality definitely changes for the better and he comes out of it a new person.