Blockade Billy - Wikipedia. Blockade Billy is a 2. Stephen King. It tells the story of William . I tried to combine those things in a story of suspense. People have asked me for years when I was going to write a baseball story.
Ask no more; this is it. Granny tells of a season in the 1. MLB team, the New Jersey Titans.
When the team loses both of their catchers days before the start of the season, they are forced to request a minor league player as a last minute replacement. The replacement turns out to be a young man named William . Although Billy seems to be feeble minded and highly susceptible to suggestion, he turns out to be a phenomenal player. He becomes especially well known for his incredible stopping power at home plate, earning him the nickname . He quickly becomes endeared to the team, especially to star pitcher Danny Dusen, a usually arrogant, self- centered man who adopts Billy as his good luck charm. Granny, however, becomes suspicious of Billy when a player who was badly injured during a tag out accuses him of intentionally slicing his ankle. Although Billy claims innocence, and there is no evidence to support the accusation, Granny is convinced that Billy is lying.
As the season goes on, Billy's popularity continues to grow. One day, however, Granny arrives before a game to find the team's manager in a state of panic.
Refusing to divulge what is wrong, he asks Granny to cover him as manager, only stating that the team deserves one last game together. During the following game, Hi Wenders, an umpire with an antagonistic relationship to the team, makes a bad call, resulting in Granny being thrown out of the game when he argues against it, and for cries to . Granny returns to the locker room to find the team manager with two police officers and a police detective. They explain that Billy is an imposter; his real name is Eugene Katsanis, an orphan that worked on the Blakely farm.
The real William Blakely had seemingly been murdered by Eugene alongside his parents a month ago. Granny reflects on his own speculations of the situation, guessing that Eugene had been abused by the Blakelys, and that the abuse grew worse as the real William, a failing minor league player, became consumed by jealousy over Eugene's superior skill. Eventually the abuse became too much, causing Eugene to murder the family. When the call came in requesting Billy as an emergency replacement for the Titans, Eugene decided to take Billy's identity and report to the team in his place. Granny is asked to send Eugene to the police alone to be arrested. Despite Granny's attempt to create a convincing pretense for sending him to the locker room, Eugene senses that something is wrong, and rather than going straight there, tracks down Wenders. Following the crowd's demands to kill the umpire, he slashes Wenders' throat with his personalized weapon, a spring- loaded razor blade hidden beneath a bandage, before being taken into police custody.
Granny goes on to describe the misfortunes the team suffered afterwards, and finishes by reflecting that despite their adoption of Billy as a good luck charm, he instead served as a black hole of luck, sucking it away from the rest of the team. Release. Optional slipcases from Cemetery Dance were available for a limited time at an additional fee.
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