“You’re killing me, Smalls!”
There’s something about memories of childhood and baseball that seem to go hand in hand. Perhaps it’s the tradition of baseball — it feels as tied into good ol’ Americana as much as fireworks on the Fourth of July or hot apple pie, things that can certainly define childhood memories. Perhaps it’s just that it was one of those things you did as a kid that helped shape who you would become. Regardless, David Mickey Evans tapped into this connection for 1993’s The Sandlot, his directorial debut, and ended up creating a cult favorite that will stand the test of time because of it. This week, join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we wrap up our current baseball series with this fantastic movie that tells a simple childhood baseball story yet seduces the audience into reconnecting with their own childhood. We talk about the nature of this story and how its episodic coming-of-age nature connects it to other great films like A Christmas Story and Stand By Me. We chat about the great cast and how these Sandlot kids really work well together as a group of friends. We discuss how the film really does seduce you, as Roger Ebert said in his review, “with its memories of what really matters when you are 12.” And we hit on the interesting and opposing views of baseball that this film and our last film in this series, Moneyball, take. It’s a very easy and enjoyable film to watch and we have a great time talking about it. Tune in!
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