Response: bang the drum slowly: because baseball tends to have longer seasons and more games the team is more close knitted. In a sense where the teammates treat one another like family. But like all families not everyone gets along. For instance, when it comes to bruce and the rest of his teammates they don"t have a very good relationship. Despite everyone treating bruce as a dumb, clueless, and an unstable player; bruce treats everyone with respect. Bruce"s character is constantly being diminished throughout the play until the players realize that he has a fatal disease. Author at one point also diminished bruce but after being informed about bruce"s life span he was inspired by bruce to change his attitude and make sure he would play baseball with him that season. Towards the beginning of the play on page 10 author and. Bruce are on the phone having a conversation.