One of my favorite childhood films has always been The Sandlot. It’s a film that describes a certain time in American history that is pretty much long gone. It also reminds me how great it was to be a kid. The Sandlot is a classic in my book.
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The Sandlot focuses on a group of youths who had a desire to play baseball constantly. They live and breathe the sport. One day the new kid on the block[Smalls] comes across them which really messes things up. He’s pretty timid and knows nothing at all about baseball. He did not even know who Babe Ruth was. Luckily for Smalls, Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez allows him into the group willingly. Everything goes well for Smalls at first, until their baseball goes missing. Smalls thinks about this old baseball in his stepfather’s den, so he decides to bring it out too play to replace the ball that went missing. Smalls hits his first home run sending his stepfather’s baseball over the fence into a yard where a crazy beast of a dog resides. As if this isn’t bad news already Small’s figures out who the baseball belonged too. Yep Babe Ruth “The Great Bambino”.
For the rest of the film the boys try their luck at getting the baseball back which never turns out well. Eventually Benny has a dream where Babe Ruth himself tells Benny what he needs to do. Benny listens to his idol and jumps over the fence to retrieve Small’s baseball. After a long chase, Benny defeats the beast when the old fence falls on top of the dog. Here they figure out that the dog is not really a monster and that his owner is a pretty cool guy.