For Love of the Game (1999)
Vin Scully: The cathedral that is Yankee Stadium belongs to a Chapel.
Vin Scully: And you know Steve you get the feeling that Billy Chapel isn't pitching against left handers, he isn't pitching against pinch hitters, he isn't pitching against the Yankees. He's pitching against time. He's pitching against the future, against age, and even when you think about his career, against ending. And tonight I think he might be able to use that aching old arm one more time to push the sun back up in the sky and give us one more day of summer.
Jane Aubrey: What if my face was all scraped off and I was totally disfigured and had no arms and legs and I was completely paralyzed. Would you still love me?
Billy Chapel: No. But we could still be friends.
Billy Chapel: I don't know if I have anything left.
Gus Sinski: You just throw whatever you got, whatever's left. The boys are all here for you. We're gonna be awesome for you right now!
Billy Chapel: I used to believe, I still do, that if you give something your all it doesn't matter if you win or lose, as long as you've risked everything put everything out there. And I've done that. I did it my entire life. I did it with the game. But I never did it with you, I never gave you that. And I'm sorry. I know I'm on really thin ice but, when you said I didn't need you... well last night should've been the biggest night of my life, and it wasn't. It wasn't because you weren't there. So I just wanted to tell you, not to change your mind or keep you from going, but just so you know, that I know, that I do need you.
Jane Aubrey: [describing Billy] You're perfect. You, and the ball, and the diamond, you're this perfectly beautiful thing. You can win or lose the game, all by yourself. You don't need me.
Jane Aubrey: Do you lose very much?
Billy Chapel: I lose. I've lost 134 times.
Jane Aubrey: You count them?
Billy Chapel: We count everything.
[writing on a baseball]
Billy Chapel: Tell them I'm through, "for love of the game", Billy Chapel
Jane Aubrey: You ever gotten your heart broken?
Billy Chapel: Yeah. When we lost the pennant in '87.
Frank Perry: [Billy Chapel is warming up in the bullpen before the game] Well, since you're throwing bullets, I'm not even gonna mention the fact that you're an hour late, and I have been standing here trying to figure out who my starting pitcher would be if you didn't show up.
Billy Chapel: Have I ever not showed? In the 19 years, have I ever not showed?
Frank Perry: Well, that's true of everyone until the first time they don't show.
Gus Sinski: The boys are all here for ya, we'll back you up, we'll be there, cause, Billy, we don't stink right now. We're the best team in baseball, right now, right this minute, because of you. You're the reason. We're not gonna screw that up, we're gonna be awesome for you right now. Just throw.
Billy Chapel: I can always tell when I'm in New York.
Tow Truck Driver: After Billy has invited Jane to a game and she demurs, "Hell, Billy, if she won't, I'll go."
Billy Chapel: Looks at Jane, smiles. "Don't let that happen."
Billy Chapel: [consoling Mickey Hart after an embarrasing play] There's a bunch of cameras out there right now waiting to make a joke of this, Mick. So you can either stop, give them the sound bite, do the dance. Or you can hold your head up and walk by, and the next time we're in Boston, we'll go out there and work the wall together. Don't help them make a joke out of you.
Gus Sinski: You know, a lot of little bottles makes a big bottle, Chapy
Gus Sinski: Trying to take my hand off?
Billy Chapel: Sorry.
Gus Sinski: Just let me set for that juice. Warn me or something.
Billy Chapel: I'm gonna throw a little harder than usual today. There's your warning.
Gus Sinski: Chap, don't throw it away too early.
Billy Chapel: Today I'm throwing hard.
Gus Sinski: You and me? One more time?
Billy Chapel: Why not?
Frank Perry: Let's get outta here before we get our asses kicked twice in one night.
[to himself, pitching to a Yankee batter]
Billy Chapel: Sam Tuttle. I can't think of a better reason not to be a Yankee.
Billy Chapel: God, I always said I would never bother you about baseball, Lord knows you have bigger things to worry about. But if you could make this pain in my shoulder stop for ten minutes, I would really appreciate it.
Billy Chapel: Clear the Mechanism.
[nothing happens; it doesn't work]
Billy Chapel: Clear the Mechanism.
[it still doesn't work]
Billy Chapel: [nodding] All right; all right.
[Billy and Jane have sex in her bed for the first time, and Billy finds a flashlight by his feet]
Jane Aubrey: It's not mine.
Billy Chapel: You mean it doubles as a flashlight?
Jane Aubrey: I need a regular guy. Not the guy in the Old Spice commercials.
Billy Chapel: It was Right Guard.
Jane Aubrey: What?
Billy Chapel: It was Right Guard, not Old Spice.
Jane Aubrey: I was being metaphorical.
Billy Chapel: The game doesn't stink, Mr. Wheeler. It's a great game.
Heather: So, are you my mom's boyfriend?
Billy Chapel: I'm not sure.
Heather: But you've slept with her.
[while helping a traded teammate move]
Billy Chapel: I ain't carryin' no books. Where's the pillows?
Jane Aubrey: All I've got is my toothbrush and a bathing suit I bought at the airport. You're not smiling. You're annoyed. I'm an idiot.
Billy Chapel: No, I'm an idiot. Jane, listen to me. No matter what happens in the next five minutes l want you to know that when I opened this door l was so happy to see you that my heart leapt. It leapt in my chest.
Jane Aubrey: It's never quite how you play it in your head.
Billy Chapel: What about the whole deal thing?
Jane Aubrey: What deal?
Billy Chapel: You know, you do what you do, I do what I do.
Jane Aubrey: You believed that? I was lying. I was trying to be the man. And I was doing a damn good job of it until you invited me down here. You were right. I was afraid. I was afraid you were gonna break my heart into 1,000 pieces.
[repeated line - his trick for concentration]
Billy Chapel: Clear the mechanism.
Jane Aubrey: So, when you're away, I'll live my life and you'll live yours. And none of this stupid bullshit "why didn't you call me?" crap. And "what you do when you're not with me has nothing to do with me" and vice versa. No questions asked, no worrying, no obsessing.
Billy Chapel: That sounded perfect.
Jane Aubrey: [trying to get a doctor for Billy] Are we not in America? Isn't Baseball America's favorite pastime?
E.R. Doctor: [pause] Can I help you?
Frank Perry: You just do somethin' there?
Billy Chapel: No.
Frank Perry: You hurtin'?
Billy Chapel: No.
Frank Perry: Uh-huh. How long?
Billy Chapel: Ten years.
Frank Perry: What do you wanna do?
Billy Chapel: I'd like you to smile at me, pat me on the fanny, march your butt to that dugout and sit down. That's what I'd like.
Frank Perry: I want this goddamn game, Billy. That's what I'd like. I want this goddamn game, Billy.
Billy Chapel: Well, I want it too.
Frank Perry: Exhales
Billy Chapel: If it gets any worse, I'll sit down.
Frank Perry: Ready to go?
Frank Perry: Perry walks off the mound
Billy Chapel: Where's my pat?