The Sandlot

Post by Valley Financial Group & Billy Wolfe Jr.

99.9% of the time everyone is entitled to their own opinion and beliefs about any number of issues and conflicts. However, there is that slim .1%, and it accounts for those who do not believe that 1993's The Sandlot completely and totally epitomizes Summer. I'm sorry, but you're just wrong.

In just one hundred and one minutes, the 9 boys that play baseball in the titular sandlot show us exactly what baseball, friendship, legends, and, most prominently, summer is all about. The film has something for almost any moviegoer. Younger viewers will love the freedom and adventures that the boys experience, and relate to everything from their own towns urban legends or "Beasts" to an obsessive crush on the neighborhood pool's lifeguard. Parents and grandparents might reminisce of their own childhood summers, when they had no schedule and endless things to do. But perhaps most of all, the movie will appeal to baseball fans of all ages. In an era where baseball has turned more towards lofty contracts and massive endorsement deals, The Sandlot reminds us that all across the nation; thousands of people watch and play baseball every day for nothing more than the love of the game.

So it doesn't matter if you love baseball, love summer, want to be reminded of your youth, love movies, or some combination of those, The Sandlot is one of, if not the essential family movie for this and every summer. I know I watch it at least once at the beginning of every June and, I apologize again, but if you tell me not to, or you choose not to watch, you're still wrong.