The Natural – The Movie (Part 3)

Continuing with my last post, Roy is now a regular player for the Knights, thanks to his wisdom and courage to recognize and seize the opportunity to play for the team, an opportunity that would normally only go to young players with well-known prospects.

But, given the monumental success of Roy’s playing, the corrupt owner hires a beautiful woman to seduce Roy.  She is successful at first and the team starts to decline in the standings.  However, Roy’s high school sweetheart reads about Roy’s return to baseball and contacts him.  She is successful at pulling Roy away from the manipulating woman.  Roy is also offered a bribe to throw the game, but he declines the offer and tells the corrupt owner that he will do his best to win the pennant for the team.

It is at this moment in the movie that Roy exhibits the virtues of moderation and justice.  He is able to withstand the temptations of sex and money.  He is also determined to remain honest and bring the team out from under corruption and into the light serving as a role model for baseball.  Roy, ever modest, is very concerned for the welfare of the team and its impact on the community, especially the children who are devoted to the game, a game that must remain free from corruption.

In my next post, I will end by discussing the final virtue.

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