You’re Killing Me, Smalls!: Let’s Play in THE SANDLOT (20th Century-Fox 1993)

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Baseball movies are as American as apple pie, and everyone has their favorites, from classic era films like THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES and TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME to latter-day fare like THE NATURAL and FIELD OF DREAMS. There’s so much to choose from, comedies, dramas, and everything in-between. One of my all-time favorites is 1993’s coming of age classic, THE SANDLOT.

Like most baseball movies, THE SANDLOT is about more than just The Great American Pastime. Director David Mickey Evans’ script (co-written with Robert Gunter) takes us back to 1962, as young Scotty Smalls has moved to a brand new neighborhood in a brand new city. His dad died, and his mom (Karen Allen of NATIONAL LAMPOON’S ANIMAL HOUSE fame) has remarried preoccupied Bill (young comedian Denis Leary…. hmmm, I wonder what ever happened to him??), who tries to teach the nerdy kid how to play…

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Scenes I Love: The Sandlot – “The Night Game”

When I think of the 4th of July, one of the biggest memories for me (other than recognizing what it took to declare the country free), are Fireworks in the street. Here in NYC, there was once a time where anyone could get a hold of fireworks, and the views you’d get in the sky were just as bright and beautiful as they are on the Hudson. Add to that a little baseball, and you have an easily memorable scene. Enjoy and may you all have a Safe and Happy Independence Day.