11 Reasons Why ' The Sandlot' is One of the Greatest Movies Ever

11 Reasons Why ' The Sandlot' is One of the Greatest Movies Ever

Because what's better than friends, baseball, and a great summer?

As we get closer and closer to summer, I start to get more and more excited about warm weather, barbecues, and swimming; but I get especially excited about one of my all-time favorite movies: The Sandlot. Here are eleven reasons why The Sandlot is one of the best movies ever made. Spoiler Alert: If you haven't seen this movie yet and plan to eventually (which you definitely should), this post contains some spoilers.

1. It's about America's Greatest Pastime

What's more American than apple pie? I don't know. Maybe kids playing baseball, America's greatest sport, on the 4th of July? How patriotic is that?

2. It's a great summer movie

The boys don't just play baseball all summer. They take full advantage of the warm weather; they go swimming, they go to a carnival, they have sleepovers in their tree house. Nothing says summer like s'mores in a tree house.

3. And speaking of that tree house...

I've always wanted a tree house, and oh boy do these kids have one heck of tree house.

4. The most iconic movie quote of all time

This quote speaks for itself. I say this at least 3 times a day and even have a shirt with the quote on it.

5. The most epic throwdown in history

I'm willing to look past this slightly sexist quote (it was the 60's after all) because Ham has got the best comebacks when the local baseball team comes to rag on the boys. Iconic insults from this scene also include "Buttsniffer!" and "You eat your Wheaties with your momma's toe jam!"

6. Squints and his true love Wendy Pefferkorn

The scene where Squints pretends to drown in order to snag a kiss with the lifeguard, Wendy Pefferkorn, is hilarious. She may seem upset at first, but we all got our first taste of adolescent butterflies after she later winks at Squints.

7. The Beast aka Hercules

When I first saw the movie, I was terrified of The Beast. That was before I realized how cute The Beast, Hercules, actually is. The only terrifying thing about him is the amount of drool that dog can produce.

8. The Babe Ruth baseball

When Smalls hits the last ball over the fence, he steals his stepfather's prized baseball signed by Babe Ruth (which also happens to get hit over the fence). Of course, Smalls doesn't even know who Babe Ruth is. I don't pretend I know anything about baseball, but who doesn't know about the Great Bambino?

9. Benny becomes "The Jet!"

Let's be honest, Benny was the best player of them all. The fact he was able to make it to the big leagues gives hope for all of us out there to chase our dreams.

10. It's relatable

Maybe you were once the new kid, or were the guy who made friends with the new kid. Maybe you were absolutely terrible at baseball, but your friends stuck with you. Either way, The Sandlot is one of the most relatable, feel-good movies out there.

11. The real message of the movie is friendship

Let's face it, this movie isn't really about baseball and a giant dog. It's about the spirit of friendship. It shows us that all you really need in life is a great set of friends.

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Shh, little one. Sleep calls to you. Beautiful skies of blue. Dreams will carry you far away. Today is done and tomorrow’s a new day, my little one

My parents have been gone for a long time. My whole life, really. About ten years ago I stopped asking about them. I don’t remember much about them anyway. My mother used to sing me a song to help me sleep, I think. At least that’s when my Uncle Draven tells me when he explains where the song came from that he sings for me.

Shh, little one.

Sleep calls to you.

Beautiful skies of blue.

Dreams will carry you far away.

Today is done and tomorrow’s a new day,

my little one

Every time I ask him to tell me about why my parents left all I get is that they loved me. I used to ask about once a week. Then I only asked every other month. The last time I asked was on my sixth birthday. It was always the same answer. After that, I just stopped asking. But I still imagine them and hope they will return.

The only thing I have to remind me that I had parents, besides the song is my baby blanket. It’s more of a lap blanket now, but it’s soft and warm and blue, like the sky.

Perhaps it is foolish to keep something from people I don’t even know. But I hope one day I will find them or they will find me. It’s been sixteen years, but I’m still hopeful.

My foot is swiped from beneath me and I find myself on my back looking up at a cloudless sky through an opening in the branches of the trees.

“Daydreaming again? What would happen if someone found you alone?” Draven asks standing over me. He extends his hand to help me back to my feet. He smiles as I pick myself up without taking his outstretched hand.

Who is going to find us out here? Our home is secluded in the woods. Not that I mind. It keeps me close to nature and the trees. Draven says it’s in my nature. Elves are keepers of nature. In particular, he says my mother’s family was especially close with the trees. He says they shared in the same kind of longevity as the trees themselves. But I’m only half-elf. The other half belongs to the race of humans like my father which is why my boots are designed with a higher arch in the sole to give me more support and a better stance.

“There is no one for miles. The only other visitor I’ve ever seen is your weird friend. What’s the point these drills?”

“Not everyone you meet is going to be as friendly. One day you’ll understand. There’s more in this life that you have yet to experience.”

“Experience what?”

“The cruelty of the race of man, for one.”

“The race of man? Like my father?”

“That’s not what I meant."

“Well then what did you mean? I’ve never left and you tell me so little of where I actually come from. Just tell me something once in awhile. I’m not a child anymore.” I throw a low punch to the stomach and then a reverse roundhouse kick to take my uncle down to the ground. Without offering any assistance I grab my sack from the ground and dash into the woods. When I hear him get up and shout my name I pick up the pace and sprint into to a grove of trees.

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"Don't just ask me about the dress."

Times Up. The 2018 Golden Globe Awards was one for the books, one that sparked a movement and one that brought solidarity. Every year I watch the Golden Globes like it's the Super Bowl, but this year, 2018, brought something different. Something powerful.

I'll admit, I've always loved seeing all of the dresses that the women wore to award shows. When a reporter asks, "now tell me, who are you wearing?" my ears perk up and eyes widen as I hear luxurious designers names: Chanel, Gucci, Valentino. This time was different, it didn't matter what dress they were wearing, it mattered what their dress was saying: solidarity.

If you missed this year's Golden Globe Awards, here's what I saw in short. When I turned on the T.V., I saw a sea of black dresses and black tuxes accompanied by Times Up pins. I saw determined actors and activists speaking up – making their voice heard. Bringing up the importance of equality and safety, especially for the women in the room.

As many people may know, the #MeToo movement took the world by storm. Not only were females in the entertainment industry sharing their chilling sexual assault and harassment stories, but so were hundreds and thousands of other women. Women that were told to be silent, but were fed up with keeping this memory invisible. Women that were brave enough to come out and say #MeToo.

Billie Jean King, who accompanied Emma Stone on the Red Carpet said it best; "every generation has to keep fighting for equality... and this means everybody, not just women, not just men, everybody."

When the award arrivals segment was just about over, I heard a reporter say something that stuck with me, something that really made me think; "women wore black in solidarity for the obvious reasons." I heard this and thought how upsetting it was that the reporter had to use the word "obvious." I wasn't upset because the reporter said it though, I was upset because I knew it was true. Without even two minutes into watching the red carpet arrivals, and with no previous knowledge of the Times Up movement, I knew exactly what was going on – but that's the upsetting part.

Sexual assault, sexual harassment, and feeling unsafe in the workplace shouldn't be obvious. It broke my heart to see #MeToo constantly make an appearance on social media. I felt my heart sink reading posts of real-life experiences of women I didn't even know, and some I did. Women that were told that they couldn't speak out, but fought back, were un-silenced.

Unlike previous years, my attention wasn't on what fancy designer the stars were wearing on the red carpet, I wasn't checking Instagram or Snapchat as I "sorta paid attention" to the stars I didn't know, and I could care less about the "Best and Worst Dress at the 2018 Golden Globes." This time, I saw a movement, a change. I saw actors and activists stand up for what they believe in, and fight back. I heard powerful speeches, I observed hopeful tears being shed, and I believe in this movement. Times up.

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