If you’re like me, you probably watched The Sandlot too many times to count after it was released in 1993. The coming-of-age sports comedy introduces us to a group of kids who play baseball every single summer at — you guessed it — a sandlot in their neighborhood. One summer tops them all, and it ended when Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez (played by Mike Vitar) pickled the demon animal known simply as “The Beast.” If you’ve read this far, have no idea what I’m talking about, and think I’m a complete idiot, do yourself a favor and buy a copy of the movie right here.
One of the lasting memories of the 20th Century Fox film came courtesy of Babe Ruth (not the real one, but the Babe played by Art LaFleur) who said, “Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.” Just like the iconic film, their memory lives on, and now the entire cast is reportedly coming back for one more go-around.
On The Rain Delay podcast hosted by Cooperstown Kurt, The Sandlot’s director David Mickey Evans closed his interview by dropping the bomb that a Sandlot television show has officially been sold, and all of the original cast members have signed on to make it happen.
“I just sold a Sandlot television show. We’re about to get an order for the first two seasons… I can’t tell you who’s going to stream it, but I know who’s going to stream it, and it wouldn’t take a genius to figure that out right now. No, I can’t talk about it, but I already got all the original cast members back, O.K.? It takes place in 1984 when they’re all like 33 years old, and they all have children of their own. And that’s all I can tell you.”
— David Mickey Evans, via The Rain Delay
A streaming service that we all recognize right now, huh? I’m going to go WAY out on a limb and say Netflix could be getting a new show in the future…
The Sandlot’s original film is widely-considered by audiences as one of the best baseball movies ever, but the movie’s two sequels — The Sandlot 2 and The Sandlot: Heading Home — weren’t exactly box office hits. James Earl Jones returned as Mr. Mertle for the first, then Chauncey Leopardi reprised his role as Michael “Squints” Palledorous for the second, but those were the only original cast members to make a return.
Don’t remember Squints? Maybe you’ll remember his all-time move of fake drowning just so he could kiss Wendy Peffercorn. Don’t worry, they ended up getting married and had nine kids.
What’s going to happen when Tom Guiry returns Scotty Smalls, Patrick Renna brings back Hamilton “Ham” Porter, Marty York reprises his role as Alan “Yeah-Yeah” McClennan, Brandon Quintin Adams starts throwing heat as Kenny DeNunez, Grant Gelt gives us another taste of Bertram Weeks’ genius, and the rest of the Sandlot crew returns?
For me, I’m probably going to laugh, cry, shout and scream, then go buy a pair of P.F. Flyers and starting running around town, kicking over every garbage can in sight in celebration. While details are scarce, let’s just hope this show does the original movie justice.