The Sandlot

Synopsis: Scotty Smalls moves to a new neighborhood with his mom and stepdad, and wants to learn to play baseball. The neighborhood baseball guru Rodriquez takes Smalls under his wing, and soon he's part of the local baseball buddies. They fall into adventures involving baseball, treehouse sleep-ins, the desirous lifeguard at the local pool, the snooty rival ball team, and the travelling fair. Beyond the fence at the back of the sandlot menaces a legendary ball-eating dog called The Beast, and the kids inevitably must deal with him.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Director(s): David Mickey Evans
Production: 20th Century Fox
  1 win.
 
IMDB:
7.8
Rotten Tomatoes:
56%
PG
Year:
1993
101 min
2,385 Views


There is one all-time greatest

moment in the history of sports,

and it happened

in the 1932 World Series.

The story goes that in the bottom

of the ninth inning with two outs,

a full count

and the tying run on base,

Babe Ruth raised his arm and pointed

to the center field bleachers.

No one believed it,

because nobody had ever done it before.

But The Babe

was calling his shot.

On the next pitch, the Great Bambino

hit a towering 400-foot home run.

And even although he'd been

a hero before that,

that's pretty much

how he became a legend.

Thirty years later, a kid named

Benjamin Franklin Rodriguez...

became a neighborhood legend.

It was in the greatest summer

of my life...

when he taught me

to play baseball,

and he became my best friend.

And he got me out of the biggest

pickle I'd ever be in.

% % ['50s Rock]

[Kids Shouting]

- Go! Go! Go!

[Shouting Continues]

% % [Snapping Fingers]

Come over at 9:
00.

All right.

See you later.

I moved to the neighborhood

two weeks before school let out.

It was the same summer

that Dodger Maury Wills would

break the stolen bases record.

It was the same summer

that Dodger Maury Wills would

break the stolen bases record.

So with something

that incredible going on,

it should've started off with loads

of great things happening for me,

but it didn't.

I was from another state,

and I didn't have a single

friend in a thousand miles.

It was a lousy way

to end up the fifth grade,

'cause I had zip time

to make friends before summer.

And that's about

where it all started.

My real dad died

when I was just a little kid.

My mom had married Bill about a year

before we moved to the Valley.

At the time, he and I were still

getting used to each other.

- [Knocking]

- Yeah.

- Um, Dad?

- Mm-hmm?

L-I mean Bill.

- Remember you... you promised

you'd teach me to play catch?

- Mm-hmm.

Um,

w-well,

could you teach me?

Yeah. Sure.

Okay.

- Okay?

- Thanks.

Sorry.

[Man Narrating] I'd followed them

to the sandlot once after school.

- I'd never seen anyplace like it.

- [Boys Shouting]

It was like their own little

baseball kingdom or something.

It was the greatest place

I'd ever seen anyway.

- Bertram.

- But they were good,

- real good.

- Come on, Bertram!

And all I had was a plastic toy mitt

that my grandmother gave me...

for my birthday when I was six.

But when I finally got up enough guts to

go out there and try and make friends,

I found out that they never kept score,

they never chose sides,

they never even really

stopped playing the game.

It just went on forever.

Every day they picked up where

they left off the day before.

- It was like an endless dream game.

- Come on! Come on!

There was only eight of them,

so they didn't have a whole team.

So even though I didn't know

how to play, I figured

I could be the ninth man...

and maybe just stand in the outfield

somewhere and take up space.

- Squints!

- Of course, if I'd have known what was

gonna happen when I got there,

- I got it!

- I probably never would've gone.

- Nice catch.

- Yeah.

- Come on!

- [Rustling]

[Dog Barking]

[Clattering, Banging]

[Growling]

Come on, Benny,

hit a homer!

- Come on!

- Hey, batter, batter, batter!

- Whoa!

- Watch out!

[Boys Shouting]

- [Screams]

- [All Laughing]

Okay, I'll get it!

Get it.

Don't be a goofus. Don't be a goofus!

Don't be a goofus!

[Rumbling Sound, Dog Growling]

- Throw the ball back! Come on!

- Yeah, hurry up!

[Barking]

We are waiting!

Come on! Throw it!

[Boys Shouting]

[Shouting Continues]

- Come on, toss me the ball!

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David Mickey Evans

David Mickey Evans (born October 20, 1962) is an American film director and screenwriter. His films tend to focus on children and the challenges of childhood. A baseball fan, Evans directed and co-wrote The Sandlot (1993). more…

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