One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

why does Kesey choose to end part one with the baseball scene?

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I think a lot of things happen and the dynamics change. Chief votes with McMurphy meaning he is no longer isolated in his own shell, he is a functioning person. Although Nurse Ratched wrangles out of the whole vote, she knows she has lost and McMurphy has asserted both his powers of manipulation and his cleverness.