I can’t think of anyone around my age who doesn’t laugh when you quote The Sandlot. The story of a young baseball team enjoying the greatest summer of their lives is one of the best sports movies of all time. It’s a story about being a kid, being part of a team and as we grow older, it’s about remembering your childhood. If the idea of enjoying The Sandlot & The Mighty Ducks back to back doesn’t make you smile then this list probably isn’t for you.
THE TOP 10 SANDLOT QUOTES
10. MR. MERTLE “Baseball was life…”
9. HAM “Hurry up, batter. This better be a short game, I gotta get home for lunch.”
8. HAM “You play ball like a girl!”
7. HAM “Low and outside… Just like I like it.”
6. SQUINTS “The kid is an L7 weenie!”
5. BENNY ‘THE JET’ RODRIGUEZ “Just stand out there and stick your glove out in the air. I’ll take care of it.”
4. HAM “You call that pitching? This is baseball! Not tennis!”
3. THE BABE “Remember kid, there’s heroes and there’s legends. Heroes get remembered but legends never die, follow your heart kid, and you’ll never go wrong.”
Go to any major sports website and you will find Power Rankings. A popular ranking system that lists every team in a league from best to worst.
Since I work for a sports network, it makes perfect sense to take that system and rank my favorite movies of all time.
Except I’m doing things a little differently. These won’t be updated weekly. (That would be ridiculous) However, you will find links to stories I’ve written on the films in addition to trailers and bonus posts.
M. Night Shyamalan’s film inspired me to become a better screenwriter. There are definitely a ton of people out there who disagree with my number 1 pick but I stand by it. I feel like writing every single time I see it.
All three films are included in this pick. Many people loved the first film but hated the trilogy as a whole but I disagree. I didn’t love Revolutions but Reloaded was incredible. Plus, you really can’t deny how amazing the first film was. Outstanding.
J.J ABRAMS & STEVEN SPIELBERG BRING BACK MEMORIES WITH SUPER 8!
When these two film titans got together to recapture the spirit of movies like E.T, I was thrilled. It’s been a while since a movie came along and delivered a little nostalgia for people of my generation. The film fans who were children when Goonies was released. Hopefully this starts a trend for a new generation of amazing and magical movies.
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I fell in love with basketball long ago. I played non stop for years but it wasn’t my first love. That distinction belongs to baseball. In the six years I played competitive baseball there were many moments I will never forget but one in particular rises above the rest.
LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL
It was my second season and I wasn’t old enough to play hardball yet so it was softball for me. I was basically an infielder my whole ‘career’ but for some reason, this was the only season I was a catcher. Our team completely dominated that year and made it to the championship game.
So there I was at the end of the summer, in the final inning with 2 out. We were only up by one or two runs so the pressure was on. The batter took his final swing and popped it up directly above my head. I had to hustle but I caught that ball and we won the championship. There’s nothing like making the final play to win a title, even if it was only little league softball.
Strangely enough, another memory I have from that day was a meteor shower that everyone was talking about. Back then, I was a little naive and I remember a few people messing with me causing me to ‘worry’ about one of the meteors crashing down to earth.
“The chances are slim but it could happen” They told me.
I stayed up that night and watched the only meteor shower I’ve ever seen. I haven’t witnessed one since.
It was an amazing day.
It wasn’t long after that when I became obsessed with movies as well and films like The Sandlot captured my imagination. I ran a bit of a poll on my Facebook account last week and asked people what their favorite baseball movie moment was.
I started it off with one of my favorite moments: Kevin Costner’s character playing catch with his father in Field of Dreams. Great moment. Many people mentioned their personal favorites like ‘The Pickle with Hercules’, ‘There’s no crying in baseball’, a whole bunch of awesome Bull Durham references and more…
It was so easy for people to select their favorite moment. Like it was instinct. Ask a question like ‘What is your favorite baseball movie moment?’ and people just know. It’s a part of them. People love baseball movies. I love baseball movies!
The more I thought about it, the more I kept going back to my favorite little league moment and how much fun I had. And so…
The Sandlot Wins For Me
Field of Dreams is a close second but I knew my favorite baseball moment would come from The Sandlot the second I started writing this post.
This classic is permanently etched in my mind but this isn’t about picking my favorite baseball movie. It’s about my favorite baseball movie moment. So I decided to go with ‘The Omen’ when Benny crushes the ball with such force it literally rips the ball apart.
I chose that particular moment above all the hilarious and quotable lines because it’s all about baseball. It’s about playing the game and being a part of something amazing.
That’s what baseball means to me. Even if the Blue Jays haven’t won for a million years…