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Throwback Corner: Life lessons learned from watching ‘The Sandlot’

Whether you love or hate baseball, “The Sandlot” by David Mickey Evans is a crowd pleaser that can bring a smile to anybody’s face. Taking place in the summer of 1962, the film is based on the life of Smalls, the new kid on the block, who finds a newfound friendship with Benny Rodriguez and his friends who all play on a baseball team together. Throughout the movie, viewers follow the chaos and adventures of Smalls and his friends as they navigate dealing with rivalry, the joy of playing baseball and growing up together.  

In my own life, my love for baseball comes from my brother. Throughout my childhood, my brother played baseball for our local league, and I used to go to all his games and tournaments to support him. I found a love for baseball because of it, and I could not be happier that the sport stuck with me. Although I never played baseball, I loved being able to watch it and understand what was going on. With “The Sandlot,I was able to enjoy both baseball and the film.  

I’ve always had a love for movies and sports, which is why I think this particular movie has left such an impact on me. My siblings and I used to always watch “The Sandlot growing up because it was a classic in our family. We were all entertained by the comedy aspect of the movie as well as the wholesome feeling that comes with it. I also think there is a nostalgic feeling that comes with watching this movie because when I watch it now as an adult, it brings me a lot of comfort. Since I watched it more times than I can count as a kid, I always find myself falling back on this movie because of the joy it brings me.  

The Sandlot” does an excellent job representing the beauty of friendship and the innocence of being a kid. Much of the film is based on the simplicity of the little things in life, that make the boys have an unforgettable summer. However, this film taught important life lessons such as legends never die, following your heart, being curious and having patience. Having these lessons in the back of your head can go a long way, leading you to new experiences that you might not have been able to encounter if you were not a little bit eager.  

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