The Sandlot (1993) - full transcript

Scotty Smalls moves to a new neighborhood with his mom and stepdad, and wants to learn to play baseball. The neighborhood baseball guru Rodriquez takes Smalls under his wing, and soon he's part of the local baseball buddies. They fall into adventures involving baseball, treehouse sleep-ins, the desirous lifeguard at the local pool, the snooty rival ball team, and the travelling fair. Beyond the fence at the back of the sandlot menaces a legendary ball-eating dog called The Beast, and the kids inevitably must deal with him.

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NARRATOR: There is one all-time greatest
moment in the history of sports,

and it happened
in the 1932 World Series.

The story goes that in the bottom of
the ninth inning with two outs,

a full count,
and the tying run on base,

Babe Ruth raised his arm

and pointed to
the center field bleachers.

No one believed it,
because nobody had ever done it before,

but the Babe was calling his shot.

On the next pitch, the Great Bambino
hit atowering 400-foot home run.

And even although
he'd been a hero before that,



that's pretty much
how he became a legend.

Thirty years later, a kid named
Benjamin Franklin Rodriguez

became a neighborhood legend.

It was in the greatest summer of my life

when he taught me
how to play baseball,

and he became my best friend,

and he got me out of the biggest
pickle I'd ever be in.

("Finger Poppin' Time" playing)

♪ Finger poppin' ♪

♪ Poppin' time ♪

♪ I feel so good ♪

♪ And that's a real good sign ♪

(kids shouting)

♪ Here comes Mary
Here comes Sue ♪



♪ Here comes Johnny
and Bobby too ♪

♪ It's finger pop ♪

♪ Poppin' time ♪

♪ I feel so good ♪

♪ And that's a real good sign ♪

Pickle! Go on! Go!

(shouting and cheering)

♪ Hey now ♪

♪ Hey now ♪

♪ Hey now ♪

♪ I feel so good ♪

♪ And that's a real good sign ♪

♪ Hey now ♪

♪ Hey now ♪

♪ Hey now ♪

♪ Hey now, hey now, hey now ♪

(boys talking indistinctly)

Well, listen, come over at 9:00.

All right. See you later.

♪ Hey now ♪

♪ Hey now ♪

NARRATOR:
I moved to the neighborhood

about two weeks before school let out.

It was the same summer that Dodger Maury
Wills would break the stolen bases record,

so with something
that incredible going on,

it should've started off with loads
of great things happening for me...

but it didn't.

I was from another state, and I didn't
have a single friend in a thousand miles.

It was a lousy way
to end up the fifth grade,

'cause I had zip time
to make friends before summer.

And that's about where it all started.

My real dad died
when I was just a little kid.

My mom had married Bill about
a year before we moved to the Valley.

At the time, he and I were still
getting used to each other.

-(knocking)
-BILL: Yeah?

(radio announcer
speaking indistinctly)

-Um, Dad?
-Mm-hmm?

I-I mean Bill.

Remember you-- You promised
you'd teach me to play catch?

Mm-hmm.

Um...

Well, could you teach me?

Yeah. Sure.

RADIO ANNOUNCER:
...San Francisco's Jose Magan.

But there's one shortstop
and that's Morton Wells.

RADIO ANNOUNCER #2:
Well, Frank, there's no disputing that.

Okay.

-Okay?
-Thanks.

(radio continues, indistinct)

RADIO ANNOUNCER:
...has given him the green light,

and last year, he led
the league with 35.

Sorry.

(mid-tempo rock music)

NARRATOR: I'd followed them
to the sandlot once after school.

I'd never seen anyplace like it.

(boys shouting)

It was like their own little
baseball kingdom or something.

It was the greatest place
I'd ever seen anyway.

BENNY:
Bertram.

But they were good, real good.

SQUINTS:
Come on, Bertram!

And all I had was a plastic toy mitt

that my grandmother gave me
for my birthday when I was six.

But when I finally got up enough guts
to go out there and try and make friends,

I found out that they never kept score,

they never chose sides,

they never even really
stopped playing the game.

It just went on forever.

Every day, they picked up
right where they left off the day before.

It was like an endless dream game.

There was only eight of them,
so they didn't have a whole team.

So even though I didn't know how to play,

I figured I could be the ninth man

and maybe just stand in the outfield
somewhere and take up space.

Squints!

Of course, if I'd have known
what was gonna happen when I got there...

I got it!

...I probably never would've gone.

-Nice catch.
-Yeah.

(boy shouting in distance)

BOY (in distance):
Come on!

(low rumbling)

(dog snarling)

(clattering and banging)

(dog snarling)

BOY: Come on, Benny!
Come on, Benny! Hit a homer!

-Come on!
-Hey, batter, batter, batter!

Whoa!

Watch out!

(boys shouting)

(exclaiming)

(all laughing)

SCOTTY:
Okay, I'll get it!

Get it.

Don't be a goofus. Don't be a goofus!
Don't be a goofus!

(dog growling)

BOY:
Throw the ball back! Come on!

BOY #2:
Yeah, hurry up!

-(rattling)
-(dog barking)

We are waiting!

BOY:
Come on! Throw the ball in!

BOY #2:
Yeah, come on, man. Any day!

(boys shouting)

SQUINTS:
Come on, toss me the ball, kid.

Come on!

Come on!

(all laughing)

SQUINTS:
Oh, my God!

(laughing continues)

My life's over.

BOY:
Did you see that, Ham?

(boys chattering and laughing)

NARRATOR:
If it wasn't for Benny,

I never would've made
a single friend that summer,

'cause all the rest of those guys thought
I was a lost cause.

Even before we became friends,
Benny and me were connected,

connected for the one moment
later that summer

when I'd get us all into the biggest
pickle any of us had ever seen.

-(gears whirring)
-(metal clinks)

(knocking)

Night, hon.
(exclaims)

Oh, I'm sorry, Mom.
It was an accident.

(pats bed)

Scotty, have you made any friends yet?

No.

Why not, honey?

'Cause I'm still new.

I don't want you sitting around in here
all summer, fiddling with this stuff

like you did last summer
and the one before.

I know you're smart,
and I'm proud of you.

I want you to get out into the fresh air
and make some friends.

Run around,
scrape your knees, get dirty.

Climb trees, hop fences.

Get into trouble,
for crying out loud.

Not too much but some.
You have my permission.

How many mothers do you know
who say something like that to their sons?

(chuckles)
Well, none mothers, I guess.

Honey, I want you to make
some friends this summer.

Lots of them.

Yeah, I know.

But I'm not good at anything, Mom.

Face it.
I'm just an egghead.

Oh, honey, you'll always be just
an egghead with an attitude like that.

(pats leg)

(TV playing indistinctly)

(whispering)
Well?

Well?

He's too busy, Mom.

Oh, no, honey, he's not.
He has some time.

You go on back out there
and ask him.

(TV continues indistinctly)

-Uh, Bill, uh--
-Yeah?

I mean, Dad, uh, can we--

I mean, could you, like you said,
teach me to play catch?

Yeah. Sure.

But I gotta get this done, okay?

-Okay, thanks.
-All right.

-Bill?
-Yeah?

Uh, couldn't you take a break
and teach him now?

SCOTTY:
Mom, it's okay, really.

Honey, I said I would, and I will,

but I'm under the gun here.

How long could it take?

Can't you spare half an hour
and show him now?

SCOTTY:
Mom, really, it's okay.

BILL:
All right.

Okay. I'll get my glove.

See? I told you.

SCOTTY:
Oh, great.

All right, Scotty, go down
to that end of the yard.

SCOTTY:
Okay.

BILL: Now, the key to this game
is keeping your eye on the ball.

No matter whether you're in the field
or at bat, eye on the ball, okay?

All right. Uh, yeah.
I think so.

Okay, where the ball goes,
that's where your glove should go.

-Got it?
-Okay.

Okay. All right.

(grunts)

Darn. Sorry.

It's all right. All right.

Um-- Uh, here.

(sighs)
Okay.

Okay, I'm ready.

Eye on the ball, okay? Got it?

Okay.

Okay, if the ball moves,
move your glove. Got it?

Yeah.

All right, here we go.

Okay, you just need a bigger glove.
Throw it back to me this time.

Throw it back.

Okay. Scotty,
keep your eye on the ball.

Okay. Got it.

Okay.

Ow! Oh, my eye!

Ow! Ow! Oh!

Ow! Ow!

-What happened?
-(groaning) My eye.

-Honey, get some ice. Ice.
-No, I got it.

-Here you go.
-(scoffs) Those were for dinner.

-(exclaims)
-Just hold it up there.

Nice and hard.
Press it against-- Yeah.

SCOTTY: I just took
my eye off the ball, Mom.

Yeah, but at least you caught it.

(Scotty groaning)

All right, just keep that on
for, like, an hour.

It'll still be black, but it won't swell.

Sorry.

Gotta watch out for that curve.

(crying)

Hey.

I'm gonna go play some ball.
We need an extra guy. You wanna go?

No. Thanks.

Why not?
Don't you like baseball?

Oh, yeah, but, uh...

But what?

But my glove, it's busted.

Uh, see, no, I can't go. Thanks, though.

It's okay.

I got an extra one.

Come on. Let's go.

Mom, I'm gonna go play some ball!

I'll be back in a little while.

Come on. Let's go.

BOY:
And I'm Babe Ruth.

(boys chattering)

Listen. Ready?

Check this out.

(muffled)
I'm the Great Bambino.

ALL:
What?

I'm the Great Bambino.

ALL:
What?

I'm the Great Bambino.

ALL:
Oh!

Who's that?

What?

NARRATOR:
I had no idea who they were talking about.

What did he say?

What, were you born in a barn, man?

Yeah, yeah, what planet are you from?

NARRATOR: But there was no way
I could let them know.

You never heard
of the Sultan of Swat?

The Titan of Terror?

The Colossus of Clout?

The Colossus of Clout!

The King of Crash, man.

NARRATOR:
So I lied.

Oh, yeah, the Great Bambino.
Of course.

I thought you said,
"the Great Bambi."

That wimpy deer?

Yeah, I guess. Sorry.

Anyway, Scott, that's
Timmy and Tommy Timmons.

(both spitting)

BENNY:
Mike "Squints" Palledorous.

(spitting)

BENNY:
Alan McClellan. We call him Yeah-Yeah.

(spitting)

BENNY:
Bertram Grover Weeks.

(spitting)

-BENNY: Kenny DeNunez.
-(spitting)

-BENNY: And Hamilton Porter.
-(spitting)

We call him Ham.
Guys, this is Scott Smalls.

Hi.

(spitting)

Yeah, um, well, he's gonna play
with us 'cause he makes nine.

So, now we've got a whole team.

We're wasting time.
Let's go to the sandlot.

-Benny, it's 9:00 in the morning.
-It's 9:00.

BERTRAM:
Why'd you bring him, Benny?

'Cause there's eight of us,
and he makes nine.

Yeah, yeah, so would my sister,
but I didn't bring her.

With nine guys, we've got
a whole team, Yeah-Yeah.

No. With Elswenger,
we had a whole team.

-Elswenger could catch.
-And throw.

Come on, Benny, man.
He ain't game.

-You saw the way he threw.
-Yeah.

You already fill up
all the empty positions

since Elswenger moved to Arizona.

Right. And now I get to rotate
eight positions instead of seven.

I need the practice, guys.

You're the best on the team.
You don't need any practice.

-No, you don't.
-You're the best, man.

Come on, Benny, man.
The kid is a L-7 weenie.

Yeah, yeah.
Oscar Mayer even. Foot-long!

Dodger dog! A weenie!

(boys laughing)

What are you laughing at,
Yeah-Yeah?

You run like a duck.

Okay, okay, but I'm-- I'm--

Part of the game, right?

Hmm, yeah.

Now, how come
he don't get to be?

-'Cause he's a geek, man.
-He can't catch.

Man, base up, you blockheads.

Smalls, you take left center, okay?

Okay.
Um, where exactly is that?

It's over there, man.

Here?

That's left.
I said left center.

Okay. Right.

Here?

YEAH-YEAH: Come on, Benny, man.
He's never gonna catch the ball anyway.

Let's just play.

What a jerk.

Yeah-Yeah, get two.

SQUINTS: Come on!
Throw it in here, Bertram!

Nice.

Wow!

Good job!

-Hey, Smalls, throw it to second.
-Okay.

(gasping)

TOMMY: Come on, Benny.
He's never gonna catch it.

TIMMY:
He's not gonna catch it, Benny.

(grunting)

Oh! I told you, Benny.
We told you.

(dog growling)

KENNY: Come on, Benny.
Why'd you do that?

(dog growling)

A square, Benny!
The kid's a square.

(growling continues)

BOY:
Come on. Throw it in.

What the hell's he doing?

I don't believe this.

Here. Sorry. Sorry.

You can throw it, you know.

No.

I can't.

I don't know how.

Thanks for taking me here,
but I think I'd better go.

Hey, hey.
You think too much.

I bet you get straight A's
and shit, huh?

No, I got a "B" once.

Actually, it was an A-minus,
but it should've been a B.

Man, this is baseball.
You gotta stop thinking.

You just have fun.

I mean, if you were having fun,
you would've caught that ball.

You ever have a paper route?

I helped a guy once.

Okay. Well, chuck it like
you would throw a paper.

When your arm gets here, just let go.

Just let go.
It's that easy.

How do I catch it?

Just stand there
and stick your glove out in the air.

I'll take care of it.

SQUINTS: About time, Benny.
My clothes are going out of style.

BOY:
They already are, Squints.

SQUINTS:
Shut up!

I told you, Benny.

Smalls, throw it to second.

Okay.

(groaning)

-SQUINTS: Not again.
-(spitting)

This is a waste of time, Benny.

Please catch it.

Please catch it.

Please catch it.
Please catch it.

Yeah!

All right!

He's all right.

I told you so, man.

Okay.
Let's play some ball.

YEAH-YEAH:
Yeah, let's play some ball.

All right.

I knew it... all the time.

Yeah!

(dog snarling)

(fence rattling)

(gasps)

I'll show you some more
tomorrow, okay?

-Okay.
-You did good.

-Bye.
-See you later, Ham.

8:00 tomorrow.

-8:00, Benny?
-Yeah. See you later, Smalls.

Bye. See you tomorrow.

Benny, wait!

Your glove.

Keep it, man.

Thanks!

Oh, yeah.
Hey, Smalls.

Um, bring a T-shirt
and jeans tomorrow, okay?

-Oh!
-Oh, yeah.

Um, you got a fireplace?

Yeah, why?

Throw that hat in there, man.

Oh, yeah. You know,
it was the only one I had.

Not anymore.
Wear my old hat.

8:00 tomorrow morning.

Thanks, Benny. Great. 8:00.

Mom, guess what!

Hamilton "the Babe" Porter.

(chuckles)

"Long-ball" Porter.

Come on, DeNunez.

(all laughing)

Yeah, okay.
Yes, I see it. Yes.

(boys taunting)

-Whoa!
-(boys laughing)

You call that pitching?

(laughing)

This is baseball, not tennis.

-BOY: Give him a tennis racket.
-Give me something to hit.

All right, Ham.
This is my heater. I dare you to hit it.

-You'll be sorry.
-BOY: Give that boy a bigger bat.

You want the heater,
I'll give it to you.

SQUINTS: Give him a basketball.
Maybe then he'll hit it.

-(glass breaking)
-Aw, man!

Yeah! That's how you do it.

Ham, you idiot.
Now we can't play no more.

Great, you idiot!

Hit me with the heater.

Stupid idiot!

Low and outside,
just like I like it.

(boys clamoring)

I'm gonna hit you!

Wait a sec. I'll get it.

HAM:
1932 called shot World Series by the Babe.

Called shot by the Babe.

No!

ALL:
No!

(boys shouting)

Smalls, come back!

Hey, guys, I'll get it!

-Smalls!
-Smalls!

What are you doing?

Smalls, wait!

Guys, what are you--

ALL:
Smalls!

Get off!
Guys, I gotta get the ball!

(boys clamoring)

Get off of me! Now!

-You're gonna get yourself killed!
-Killed, man, geez!

Stop!

Holy crap, you could've been killed.

Yeah, yeah, truly.
What are you doing?

You guys were leaving,
so I just thought I'd hop the fence--

If you were thinking,
you wouldn't have thought that.

BENNY:
You can't go back there, Smalls.

Then how do we get the ball back?

-TIMMY: We don't.
-TOMMY: We don't.

-It's history.
-It's history.

Kiss it good-bye.

-Kiss it--
-Shut up, Tommy.

It's gone, man. Gone.

BENNY:
Game's over, man.

We'll just get another ball tomorrow.

Yeah.

We'll never see it again.

Why not?

ALL:
The Beast.

What is that?

Smalls, listen to me.

Go to that fence...
real slow and be quiet.

-But I-I think--
-No, no, no. No, no.

Just go and peek through that hole.

But I-- But I saw something.
What's back there?

It's okay.
Just go. Just go.

-Go. Go.
-Go, Smalls.

Come on, Smalls.

(all shushing)

ALL (whispering):
Slow.

(boys shushing)

BOY:
Shh! Be quiet.

(dog growling)

(gasping)

Something got the ball.

(stammering)
What was that thing?

ALL:
Camp out.

♪ In the jungle
The mighty jungle ♪

♪ The lion sleeps tonight ♪

SCOTTY:
Hey, guys, sorry I'm late.

-My mom made me put on my jacket.
-Shut up!

And then she made me do the dishes.

(boys laughing)

KENNY: Your poor little mommy
made you do the big, bad dishes.

Hey, you want a s'more?

Some more what?

No, no, you want a s'more?

I haven't had anything yet,
so how can I have some more of nothing?

(boys clamoring)

You're killing me, Smalls.

BOY: All right. Who cut one?

These are s'mores stuff.

-Okay, pay attention.
-BOY: Bertram!

First you take the graham.

You stick the chocolate on the graham.

Then you roast the 'mallow.

BOY: No, it's my sleeping bag.

HAM:
When the 'mallow's flaming--

BOY: Yes, it is yours.
It has a yellow stain on it.

You stick it on the chocolate.

-You're gonna set the place on fire, Ham.
-Then...

you cover it with the other end.

-TIMMY: Hey, Ham, make me one of those.
-TOMMY: Yeah, me too.

Then you scarf.

BOY: I don't like that chocolate stuff.

Kind of messy, but good.
Try some.

Okay. Quiet, you guys.

(chattering and shushing)

Quiet! Are you trying to wake it up?

It just went to bed.

What just went to bed?

ALL:
Shh!

ALL:
The Beast.

-Oh, yeah!
-ALL: Shh!

-Geez!
-Dang!

Shh.

SQUINTS:
Now quiet.

The legend of The Beast
goes back a long time...

before any of us
could even pick up a baseball.

Back to a place
called Mertle's Acres.

It all started about, hmm,
20 years ago,

when thieves kept stealing junk
from Mertle's Acres junkyard.

So Mr. Mertle, the guy
that used to own the place,

got him this new pup
from the dog pound.

(growling)

He fed him whole sides of beef...

and turned the pup loose in the junkyard.

And the pup was grateful.

And so, in a few weeks,
the pup grew into The Beast.

And he grew big, and he grew mean

so that he could protect the junkyard
withonly one thing on his mind,

to kill everyone that broke in.

And he did,

-and he liked it a lot!
-(men screaming)

The Beast was the most perfect
junkyard dog that ever lived.

A true killing machine.

But after a while, the cops started
getting phone calls from people,

reporting all the missing thieves,

the ones The Beast had killed.

It added up to about 120--

173 guys.

-It's true.
-(dog growling)

But they never found
a single body, not one.

Some people say they all got away,

but we all know what really happened.

The Beast ate them.

He ate them bone and all.

The Beast was too good
at his guard dog job,

so the police said
he had to be retired.

My grandpa, Squidman Palledorous,
was police chief back then.

And he ordered Mr. Mertle to turn
his backyard into a fortress

and chain up The Beast
and put him under the house

where he could never get out
to eat children and stuff.

And that's where he's been for 20 years.

(growling)

And that's where he'll be
for the rest of his life,

because when Mr. Mertle
asked the cops how long

he had to keep The Beast
chained up like a slave,

they said until...

-(mouthing)
-forever.

Forever. Forever.

(echoing)
Forever.

And so, The Beast sits there
under that lean-to,

dreaming of the time when he can
break the chain and get out,

dreaming of the time
he can chase and kill again.

See, man? That's why
you can't go over there.

Nobody ever has.
Nobody ever will.

One kid did, but nobody
ever seen him again.

-That ain't true.
-Yeah, it is.

He got eaten.

Nuh-uh.

No. None of that's true.

You guys are just
making this up to scare me.

Oh, yeah?

Stick your head
out that window

and look down.

NARRATOR: That night I learned
that more than 150 baseballs

had gone over that fence,

and not one of them was ever seen again,

even when some brave kid
worked up enough courage to peek over.

Because when they went over,
they vanished.

-(The Beast growling)
-I knew it was true,

because when I looked down in there,

I didn't see a single solitary one.

-(Beast growling)
-(chain rattling)

(screaming)

He's down there.

You bet he is.

Whatever goes over that fence...

stays there.

It becomes the property of The Beast...

forever.

-Come on. Give it to me.
-No, I wanna carry it.

Come on.
I paid for it. I wanna carry it.

-Oh. Whoa!
-Give it to me.

-♪ There goes my baby ♪
-SQUINTS: Geez Louise.

-What's the matter?
-Geez.

♪ Movin' on down the line ♪

♪ Wonderin' where
Wonderin' where ♪

♪ Wonderin' where
she is bound ♪

Wendy Peffercorn. Mmm.

-Whoa!
-Wow!

♪ Now I'm alone so all alone ♪

♪ What can I do?
What can I do? ♪

-♪ There goes my baby ♪
-♪ Whoa-oa-oa ♪

-♪ There goes my baby ♪
-♪ Whoa, I ♪

-♪ There goes my baby ♪
-♪ Whoa-oa-oa ♪

-♪ There she goes ♪
-♪ Yeah ♪

-Come on, let's go. We gotta get--
-No!

We gotta get to the sandlot. Let's go.

♪ Did she really love me ♪

(chattering)

-Come on. Let's go.
-Okay.

(panting)
I'm sweating like a pig.

Let's go! Come on!

Where you guys been?
We've been waiting here forever already.

Aw, Squints was pervin' a dish.

Shut up. I wasn't.

Yeah, yeah, you were.

Your tongue was hangin'
out of your head, and you was swoonin'.

Oh, Wendy Peffercorn
my darling lover girl. (laughs)

I said shut up!

I've got a lot of things on my mind.

This pop isn't working, Benny.

I'm baking like a toasted cheeser!
It's so hot here!

It's 150 degrees out there.
You can't play baseball.

You have to call it for the day.

You gotta listen to him, Benny.

Vote then.

Anybody who wants to be

a can't-hack-it panty waste

who wears their mama's bra,
raise your hand.

(chattering in agreement)

Fine, fine, fine!

Be like that.

So what are we gonna do?

(laughing)

ALL:
Scam pool honeys!

NARRATOR: Benny would've
played ball all day, all night,

rain, shine, tidal wave, whatever.

Baseball was the only thing
he cared about.

But of all the things
we ever did besides baseball,

going to the pool was
what he tolerated best.

Even though none of us had
ever seen a Playboy magazine,

which we constantly lied about...

Hi.

we figured going to the pool

was the next best thing to being there.

I remember you.
Oh, sexy.

Hey, girls.

Cannonball!

(women screaming)

NARRATOR: It wasn't really the pool
honeys like we said,

because if any one of them had come up
to any one of us,

we'd have just peed our pants.

We all went because...

Well, because Wendy Peffercorn
was the lifeguard.

(sultry music)

Aw, man.

Yeah, yeah.
Too cruel.

TIMMY:
She don't know what she's doing.

TOMMY:
She don't know what she's doing.

BENNY:
Yeah, she does.

She knows exactly
what she's doing.

I've swum here every summer
of my adult life.

And every summer,
there she is,

lotioning, oiling, oiling, lotioning.

NARRATOR:
And one day, it became too much...

Smiling.

-...for Michael "Squints" Palledorous.
-Smiling!

I can't take this no more!
Move!

NARRATOR:
And he did the most desperate thing...

Lotioning, oiling.

...any of us had ever seen.

Lotioning, oiling.

(chuckling)

-What's wrong with him?
-What's he doing?

Three summers of this.
I think he finally snapped.

I don't know. But that's the deep end,
and Squints can't swim.

(shuddering)

(giggling)

(all shouting)

(shouting continues)

Squints! Squints!

Somebody help him!

-Somebody help him!
-Come on!

(boys shouting)

LIFEGUARD:
Move back. Move back.

-Okay, I got him. I got him.
-Come on up, Wendy.

Everybody move back. Move back.
Roll him over.

WENDY:
Never mind! Never mind!

BOY:
Come on, Squints.

Come on, Squints.
Come on!

Squints!

Come on, Squints. Squints.

Come on, Squints. Come on.

-Come on! Come on!
-Wake up.

Come on, breathe, would you?

Come on, Squints!
You can do it! Pull through, bud!

Come on, man! Come on!

Yeah, yeah.
He looks pretty crappy.

Squints! Come on, man.

Oh, God, he looks like a dead fish.

ALL:
What?

-(Wendy exclaiming)
-♪ This magic moment ♪

(screaming)
Little pervert!

Oh, man, he's in deep shit.

♪ Was like any other ♪

(boys shouting)

♪ Until I kissed you ♪

♪ And then it happened ♪

♪ It took me by surprise ♪

♪ I knew that you felt it too ♪

♪ By the look in your eyes ♪

And stay out!

♪ Sweeter than wine ♪

♪ Softer than
the summer night ♪

♪ Everything I want, I have ♪

♪ Whenever I hold you tight ♪

♪ This magic moment ♪

♪ While your lips are close to mine ♪

♪ Will last forever ♪

Oh, hey, here's your glasses.
Did you plan that?

Of course I did.
I been planning it for years.

HAM: You guys, he planned that!
He knew what he was doing!

♪ Oh, magic ♪

NARRATOR:
Michael "Squints" Palledorous

walked a little taller that day.

And we had to tip our hats to him.

He was lucky she hadn't
beat the crap out of him.

We wouldn't have blamed her.

What he'd done was sneaky,
rotten, and low...

and cool.

Not another one among us
would've ever in a million years,

even for a million dollars, had the guts
to put the move on the lifeguard.

He did.
He had kissed a woman,

and he had kissed her long and good.

We got banned from the pool
forever that day.

But every time we walked by after that,

the lifeguard looked down from her tower

right over at Squints...

and smiled.

♪ While your lips
are close to mine ♪

(boys laughing and chattering)

(patriotic music playing)

-♪ O beautiful ♪
-(knocking)

BENNY: Let's go. Come on!
Get your glove and come on.

-What's the big deal?
-Night game. Come on. Come on.

SCOTTY:
Mom, I'm going out!

♪ In liberating strife ♪

(fireworks whistling and crackling)

♪ Who more than self ♪

♪ The country loved ♪

NARRATOR:
There was only one night game a year.

Guys, wait up!

On the 4th of July, the whole sky
would brighten up with fireworks,

giving us just enough light for a game.

We played our best then, because,
I guess,we all felt like the big leaguers

under the lights of some great stadium.

Benny felt like that all the time.

We all knew he was gonna go on
to bigger and better games,

because every time we stopped to watch
thesky on those nights like regular kids,

he was there to call us back.

You see, for us,
baseball was a game.

But for
Benjamin Franklin Rodriguez,

baseball was life.

(boys shouting)

♪ And every grain divine ♪

Okay, hit it!

Yeah, yeah, come on, Benny.
Come on. Come on.

♪ O beautiful ♪

♪ For spacious skies ♪

♪ For amber waves of grain ♪

(fireworks whistling and crackling)

♪ For purple mountain majesties ♪

♪ Above the fruited plain ♪

♪ Well, now wait a minute ♪

♪ I'm talking about ♪

♪ America ♪

♪ Sweet ♪

♪ America ♪

♪ You know ♪

♪ God done shed His grace on thee ♪

♪ He-He-He crowned thy good ♪

♪ Yes, He did ♪

♪ In a brotherhood ♪

Man!

♪ From sea ♪

♪ To shining sea ♪

(boys shouting)

Come on! Hurry up!

First!

Run!

Pickle!

Yeah, yeah!

Throw it in! Throw it in!

Get him! Get him!

Come on! Come on!
Come on!

Come on! Hurry up!

(all groaning)

Oh, damn!

Oh, no!

Yeah, it's easy when you play with a bunch
of rejects and a fat kid, Rodriguez.

Shut your mouth, Phillips.

What'd you say, crap face?

I said you shouldn't even
be allowed to touch a baseball.

Except for Rodriguez,
you're all an insult to the game.

Come on!
We'll take you on right here, right now!

Come on!

(all shouting in agreement)

We play on a real diamond, Porter.

You ain't good enough to lick
the dirt off our cleats.

Watch it, jerk.

Shut up, idiot!

-Moron!
-Scab eater!

Butt sniffer!

Pus licker!

Fart smeller!

(sniffing)
Ah!

You eat dog crap
for breakfast, geek.

You mix your Wheaties
with your mama's toe jam!

ALL:
Yeah!

You bob for apples in the toilet,

and you like it.

You play ball like a girl!

(all gasping)

(scoffs)

(laughing)

(scoffing)
What did you say?

You heard me.

Tomorrow.

Noon. At our field.

Be there, buffalo-butt breath.

Count on it, pee-drinking crap face!

ALL:
Yeah!

Let's go!

(chattering)

We're gonna kick their butts tomorrow.

Yeah!

-Good job.
-Jerks.

Play ball!

Hurry up, batter.

It's gonna be a short game,
and I gotta get home for lunch.

(laughs)
That's one.

You know, if my dog was as ugly as you,

I'd shave his butt
and tell him to walk backwards.

The heater.

Here it comes. I dare you.

Strike three. You're out.

Hey, is that your sister
out there in left field, naked?

She's naked.

Shut up, Porter!

Hey, hey, hey.

I'm just trying to have
a little friendly conversation.

Come on. You think
she'd go out with me?

Come on. Show me your stuff.
Let's see what you got.

-Hey, batter, batter, batter!
-Strike him out!

(boys shouting)

BOY:
Come on! Bring it in!

Oh! Beat ya.

(boys shouting)

BOY:
Throw it to third!

(boys cheering)

NARRATOR:
We were all walking on air that night.

It had been a solid victory.

In fact, we beat the crap
out of those guys.

So we all went to celebrate,

and we did the stupidest thing
any of us had ever done.

Hey, guys, guys, guys,
it's all on me tonight.

(boys cheering)

-Thanks, Benny!
-Nine tickets, please.

-Hey, Benny.
-Thanks.

-Hey, Benny.
-Benny.

Come on, you guys!

Hey, what about me?
Thanks.

Aw, crap!
I almost forgot!

-What?
-What?

What?

Chaw! I was saving it for a good time.

What is it?

Big Chief.

(sniffing)
The best!

Geez, Smalls. I suppose you don't
even know who the Babe is either.

(all laughing)

It's plug, wad, chewing tobacco.

'Baccy, man.

What do you do with it?

You're killing me, Smalls.

Chew it, of course.

-You do?
-Yes.

Yeah, sure, man.
All the pros do it.

Yeah, yeah.
Gives you tons of energy.

Let's dip.

-Let's dip.
-You got it, guys.

TOMMY:
Come on. I want some.

-Mmm. Mmm.
-Mmm.

Mmm!

-Smooth.
-The best.

Let's ride!

-Yeah!
-Yeah!

("Tequila" playing)

(exclaiming)

Whoo-hoo!

Squints, this is the best!

Wow! Yeah! Whoo!

All right!

♪ Tequila ♪

Yeah!

(moaning)

("Tequila" continues)

Blech!

(spitting)

(moaning)

(moaning)

♪ Tequila ♪

(ride accelerating)

("Tequila" continues)

(vomiting)

(vomiting)

(vomiting)

(women screaming)

(screaming)

(belching)

♪ Tequila ♪

(belching)

(sighs)
That feels better.

Scotty,
I'll be back in an hour.

I'm gonna take your dad to the airport.

Oh, okay.

Honey, are you feeling all right?
You look kind of pale.

-I'm fine, Mom.
-You sure?

-I'm fine, really.
-All right.

BILL:
Listen, Scott...

While I'm gone, you're the man
of the house. Understand?

-Okay.
-Okay.

-Where are you going?
-Chicago.

On business for a week.

We'll take another stab at catch
when I get back, all right?

Yeah, I guess so.

-Okay, take care of things for me.
-Okay.

-All right?
-I will.

Okay. Be a good boy.

-I will.
-Okay.

NARRATOR: A couple days after we all
got over acting like big shots,

we swore off the hard stuff forever
and just stuck to Bazooka.

The day we all got back
together for some baseball

was the day I got us into
the biggest pickle of all time,

and it all started with an omen.

(ominous music)

-(loud crack)
-(whistling)

(ball exploding)

Oh, man.

I don't believe it.

-SQUINTS: Bitchin'.
-BENNY: Nah, it ain't.

SQUINTS: Come on, Benny man.
Maybe two or three guys in history

ever busted the guts out of a ball.

Must be an omen.

All's it means is that
we can't play no more.

I mean, it's only 12:00,
and I just ruined the whole day for us.

No, you didn't.
That's the most amazing thing I ever saw.

YEAH-YEAH:
Yeah.

BENNY:
Anybody got any money?

ALL:
No.

BENNY: Then it ain't okay,
'cause now we can't play no more.

Yeah, we can.

What, you got 98 extra cents
lying around at home, Smalls?

No, but I got a ball.

ALL:
Go get it!

SCOTTY: I got it, guys! I got it!
I got the ball, guys!

I got it.
Right here, guys.

I got the ball. I got it.

Here, Benny. I got it.

Bitchin'.
Your ball, your ups.

-Here you go.
-Okay.

BENNY:
All right. Come on. Kenny, here.

YEAH-YEAH:
Hey, DeNunez. Come on. Yeah, come on!

Batter up!

(Ham sighs) Your fly's open.

(laughs)
There's one.

One, two, three.

Three strikes, three pitches.

ALL:
Hey, batter, batter, batter!

Come on, Smalls!

Hey, batter, batter, batter!

Oh, man. Oh, man.

-Run!
-Yes!

Way to go, school meat!
Taught him everything.

(boys clamoring)

Oh, man, that was great.
That went clear over.

Hey, uh, Smalls,
third base is that way.

Hey, Smalls. Smalls.

Go to third.

Oh, no. Oh, no.

Yeah! Nice hit, Smalls.
Nice hit. Yeah!

Oh, no.

BENNY: It's outta here!
Who's got the big bat now, boys? Yeah!

ALL (chanting):
Smalls! Smalls! Smalls!

Smalls?

You forgot to turn.

You go to third base!

Smalls?

What the hell's he doing?

Maybe the shock of his first homer
was just too much for him.

Yeah.

ALL:
Smalls? Smalls?

Smalls? Smalls?

(The Beast growling)

We got to get that ball back.

Oh, yeah, right. Good one, Smalls.
(laughing)

TOMMY:
Yeah, good one, Smalls.

Hey, forget about it, man.
We'll just get another ball.

No, you don't understand!

Sure, we do.

You feel bad 'cause you belted a homer,
and now we can't play no more.

No, you don't understand!
That wasn't my ball!

What do you mean, that wasn't your ball?

It was my step-dad's.

I stole it from his trophy room.

It was a present or something.
Somebody gave it to him.

But we gotta get it back.
He's gonna kill me!

Oh.

Listen to me, Smalls.

This is a matter of life and death.

Where did your old man get that ball?

What? I don't know.
Some lady gave it to him. Why?

ALL:
What? A lady?

Yeah. She even signed her name on it.

Some lady named... Ruth.

Baby Ruth.

ALL (shouting):
Babe Ruth?

(all clamoring)

(The Beast growling)

(screaming)

No!

(all screaming)

The Beast got it.

You're dead as a doornail, Smalls.

TOMMY:
You're dead as a doornail, Smalls.

Smalls, you mean to tell me
that you went home,

and swiped a ball
that was signed by Babe Ruth,

and you brought it out here
and actually played with it?

Actually played with it?

Yeah. Yeah, but I
was gonna bring it back.

But it was signed by Babe Ruth.

Yeah. Yeah. Yeah.
You keep telling me that. Who is she?

What?

What?

The Sultan of Swat.

The King of Crash.

-The Colossus of Clout.
-The Colossus of Clout.

ALL:
Babe Ruth!

(enunciating)
The Great Bambino!

Oh, my God!
You mean that's the same guy?

ALL:
Yes!

Smalls, Babe Ruth is the greatest
baseball player that ever lived.

I mean, people say he was
less than a god but more than a man.

You know, like Hercules or something.

That ball you just aced
to The Beast is worth...

Well, more than your whole life, man.

(groans)
I don't feel so good.

Uh-oh, fan him.

Give him air.
Give him air. Come on.

We have to get that ball back.

All right, when does
your old man get home from work?

He's gone on business.
Out of town.

But he could be back anytime.

All right, find out when.

And, guys, spread out,
and look for bottles, and cash 'em in.

We need 98 cents.
We gotta buy us a ball.

(all clamoring)

Come on. Let's go!

Go, go, go, go!
Move, move!

-Come on. Open it up!
-Hurry up! Hurry up!

Give me the ball.

BENNY:
Give me something to write with.

BERTRAM:
I got a pencil.

Give me a pen, not a pencil!

-Sorry.
-I got a pen.

Babe--

-Baby Ruthie?
-It says, "Babe Ruth."

KENNY:
I don't know, Benny, man.

YEAH-YEAH:
Yeah, boy, that looks pretty crappy.

It doesn't matter what it looks like.

His mom's never gonna know the difference.

This'll just buy us some time, you dorks.

ALL:
Okay, come on.

MOM:
Scotty?

(gasps)
Uh, in here, Mom.

Oh, hi, honey.

What are you doing in here?

Uh, just looking at, uh, Bill's--

I mean, uh, Dad's baseball.

You know he doesn't like
you to touch his things.

Yeah. I-- I know.
Sorry, Mom.

Has he ever told you
about that ball?

Uh, no.
Uh, not really.

(stammering) I don't think so.
No, no, no, he hasn't at all.

I don't-- I don't know anything about it.

MOM:
Babe Ruth signed that ball.

He was the greatest
baseball player who ever lived.

-(chuckling) Oh. Really?
-He sure is.

Your dad's father gave it to him.

Maybe someday he'll give it to you.

(chuckles)
Oh.

Neat.
(chuckles)

NARRATOR:
It was salt in an open wound.

Even my own mom,
a grown-up girl,

knew who Babe Ruth was.

I was dead meat.

We had thought that that ball
Benny had busted the guts out of

meant something amazing
was gonna happen.

Now I just figured
it meant my life was over.

Hey, I got it!

Why don't we just go over,

and knock on the door, and ask Mr. Mertle
he can get it for us?

Are you out of your mind? Mr. Mertle's
the meanest old man that ever lived.

He's the one who made
The Beast eat that kid.

It's not an option, Smalls.
Forget about it!

Oh, okay. Sorry.
I-- I will.

Let's just look out the window.

Good idea.

(The Beast growling)

(growling continues)

(The Beast snarling)

He's daring us.

We're on his territory now.

Anybody got any bright ideas?

NARRATOR:
After we'd all thought about it real hard,

we had absolutely no idea
what the hell we were gonna do.

So things started primitively.

Go.

Farther.

Farther, okay.

SQUINTS:
Just a little bit farther.

Farther. Farther.

(screaming)

(all screaming)

Oh, no!

(all screaming)

Farther.

(creaking)

Go to the right a little bit.
Put the back to the right.

(creaking)

A little bit farther.

Farther?

HAM:
Guys, I see it. Turn, turn.

Almost.

You got it. Pull it back.

-I got it!
-Got it, guys.

Pull.

-(snarling)
-Oh, my God!

Pull it back!
(screaming)

(all screaming)

(snarling)

(growling)

I think we've seriously
underestimated The Beast.

ALL:
Mm-hmm.

Obviously, we're dealing
with a superior intelligence.

Power.

BERTRAM:
Okay, guys, almost ready.

We're connecting power now.

Power connected.

Okay, we're ready.

Initiate retrieval suction.

Initiate retrieval suction.

Prepare to initiate
retrieval suction number one.

Okay. Get ready, guys.

TOMMY:
Initiate retrieval suction number one.

Initiating retrieval suction
number one now!

(whirring)

Fire number two.

TOMMY:
Initiate number two.

Firing two now!

(exerting)

Fire number three.

TOMMY:
Number three now!

Whoa!

Ha! You got it.
Haul it up.

All right!

(The Beast snarling)

(The Beast approaching)

Pull it up.

(snarling)

(all screaming)

(rattling)

What's going on, Squints?

The pipe, it's pinched shut.

BERTRAM:
Turn 'em off, man!

SCOTTY: I can't! They're shorting out!
They're shorting out!

(whirring)

What the hell is that noise?

Guys, the vacs are clogged.

I don't know about you,
but I'm getting the heck outta here.

Let's go!

Oh, no!
(screaming)

(screaming)

(screaming)

(screaming)

(all screaming)

They're gonna blow!

(screaming)

(all screaming)

(exploding)

(explosion)

BOY:
Hit the deck!

(sighs)
We've been going about this all wrong.

I blame myself.
(sighs)

We need total surprise.

An airborne attack.
The Beast will never expect it.

(sighing)

(snarling)

It's clear.

Take me up.

(exerting)

(growling and barking)

(straining)

Let me down slow.

(straining)

A little slower.

SQUINTS:
Go slow.

Go.

Yeah, let me down.
Almost there.

SQUINTS:
He's almost there.

(growling)

(exerting)

YEAH-YEAH:
Lower me down right over it.

SQUINTS:
Let him down right over it.

(panting)

(growling)

(snarling)

Ew.

Okay, I got it.
Get me outta here.

SQUINTS:
Pull him up.

(growling)

(stammering)
I...

SQUINTS:
Hey, pull him up!

(exclaiming)

(growling)

(screaming)

(all screaming)

-(screaming)
-(growling)

(all screaming)

NARRATOR:
It was my last chance.

So we quit messing around
and pulled out all the stops.

I collected every piece
of Erector Set I had,

and it finally became...

science against nature.

-Okay, go with me on the launch.
-Come on, Squints.

-Prepare to launch.
-Prepare to launch.

Prepare to launch. Launching.

Launch.

SQUINTS:
Okay, you're on the ground.

(growling)

Moving forward.

(growling)

You went too far. Go back.

Reverse. It's too far.

Reverse.

Stop.

Drop catapult.

(tapping gloves)

The catapult is dropped.

Open catapult.

We're gonna get it. I know it.
We're gonna get it.

Opening.

Forward.

(The Beast growling)

SQUINTS:
Close catapult.

Catapult's closed.

We're gonna get it. Come on.

(growling)

(screaming)
Fire, fire, fire!

(triumphant music)

I got it! I got it! I got it!

(screaming)

(screaming)

(all screaming)

-(snarling)
-(metal crashing)

(thudding)

NARRATOR:
My life... was over.

Just as Bill had finally
warmed up to me

and asked me to be
the man of the house,

I had to knock a priceless chunk
of history into the clutches of a monster.

Great.

I had a dream that night
about a giant baseball

that was signed by Babe Ruth,

falling out of the sky
and hammering me into the ground

like a railroad spike.

I didn't know what that meant,

but Benny had a dream that night too,

and his was a lot more helpful.

(rumbling)

(crowd cheering)

Who's there?

Don't go pee in your pants, kid.

I'm just here to give you a hand.

(stammering)
But you're--

Dead?

Legends never die, kid.

But you're really him.

You're the Babe.

The Sultan of Swat.
The King of Crash.

Of Crash, and a hundred other dopey names.

Forget about that stuff, kid.
We ain't got much time.

I'm here 'cause you're in
some kind of a pickle, right?

Yeah.

A baseball with my John Hancock on it
went over a fence,

and you can't get it back, right?

Yeah, right.

Then just hop over there and get it.

Wait! Wait!

-I can't.
-Can't what?

I can't go into that backyard.

Why not?

There's a beast back there.

What kind?

A giant gorilla-dog thing
that ate one kid already.

Is that a fact?

Sit down, kid.

Sit down.

Let me tell you something, kid.

Everybody gets one chance
to do something great.

Most people never take the chance,
either 'cause they're too scared,

or they don't recognize it
when it spits on their shoes.

This is your big chance,

and you shouldn't let it go by.

I mean, remember when you busted
the guts out of the ball the other day?

Someone's telling you something, kid,

and if I was you, I'd listen.

Yeah. But what?

(chuckles)
You're the one with the rubber legs.

Figure it out.

"Henry Aaron."

I don't know why,
but can I have this, kid?

-Sure, yeah.
-Thanks.

Wait.

You're saying I should hop over
that fence and pickle The Beast?

Think about that, kid.

I'll see you later.

(crowd cheering)

RUTH: 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.

(knocking on window)

I had a dream. Get dressed.
We're going to the sandlot. Come on.

SCOTTY:
Okay. Wait. I'll get my stuff.

NARRATOR:
Only one kid in history had ever attempted

what Benny was about to,

and he got eaten.

So we were worried, real worried,

even when Benny brought out
the secret weapon,

shoes guaranteed to make a kid run faster
and jump higher,

P.F. Flyers.

We can't let him do this, man.

(heroic music)

Benny, wait.

It's okay.

It was my fault.

You don't have to do this.

Yeah. Come on, Benny, man.
You don't have to do it. Forget about it.

It's like committing suicide,
Benny. Don't do it.

Yeah, don't do it, Benny.

Yeah. Don't do it.
It's suicide.

Yeah, I do, Smalls.

I have to do this.

RUTH:
Heroes get remembered,

but legends never die.

Follow your heart, kid,
and you'll never go wrong.

(snorting)

(snorting)

(growling)

(snarling)

(spaghetti western style music)

(sniffing)

(gulping)

(inquisitive growl)

(barking)

(growling)

(whip cracks)

(barking)

BENNY:
Whoa!

(boys cheering)

Yeah! All right, Benny!

Oh, shit!

♪ Wipe out ♪

(barking)

SCOTTY: Come on!
What are we waiting for? Let's get him!

(boys shouting)

(barking)

A werewolf can be killed
only with a silver bullet,

or a silver knife, or a stick
with a silver handle.

You're insane.

(barking)

-(exclaiming)
-(groaning)

(exclaiming)

Oh!

The wolf bit you, didn't he?

Yeah, he did.

(barking)

Go now.

And heaven help you.

-(exerting)
-(growling)

(glass shattering)

(audience exclaiming)

♪ Wipe out ♪

(barking)

(all exclaiming)

BENNY: Look out!
(screaming)

Hey!

(exclaiming)

BAKER:
Hey, hey, hey! Kids!

Put it down.
Careful, careful.

Whoa, whoa, whoa!

(sighing)

Whoa, whoa, whoa!

(groans)

Mommy, Mommy, look.
A doggy!

(woman screaming in distance)

-Ooh, a big doggy.
-(gasping)

(people shouting)

(people screaming)

(barking continues)

Oh!

Look out! Look out! Look out!
Sandlot, sandlot, sandlot!

Sandlot! Let's go!

This way! Sandlot!
Shortcut, you guys! Let's go!

(barking)

(panting)
Where is he?

Does anyone see him?

I don't see him.

There he is!

(barking)

Oh, no.

-(cloth ripping)
-(exclaiming)

(panting)

(barking)

(screaming)

(grunts)

(growling)

Look out!

(whimpering)

Oh, man.

Oh, man.

(whimpering)

Come on, guys. Help me!

Please!

Benny! Benny, help me, please!
He's hurt!

Come on. I can't lift it.

(whimpering)

(exerting)

(both grunting)

(ominous music)

Let's go.

Wow!

Aw!

Wow!

BENNY:
Now we can play forever.

(knocking)

Hello?

This is bad.

This is very bad.

Um, we-- we--
We brought your dog home.

Hercules?

How'd he get out?

I'm telling you guys,
we should've just turned it loose.

Um, uh, well, uh--
We, uh--

Well, what happened was,
we hit a baseball into your yard.

We tried to get it back.

So you're the ones
that've been making all that racket.

Yes, sir.

You get it?

Um, y-yeah.

Well, first time that anybody ever
got the best of old Hercules.

Why didn't you just knock on the door?
I'd have gotten it for you.

(all shouting)

We got the ball back, didn't we?

Well, we almost got killed!

Didn't we get the ball back?

We got the ball back.

(laughing)

MERTLE:
Thanks for bringing him home.

Come on in.

We'll talk about this baseball.

Come on.

You in trouble, aren't you, son?

Yeah, well, uh,
that was my step-dad's ball.

I took it without asking.

It was signed by Babe Ruth.

George signed this?

George Herman Ruth? Yeah.

I take it back. You're not in trouble.

You're dead where you stand.

Hold on.

Hold on.

Here.

I'll trade ya.

That's really nice of you, but that ball
really is signed by Babe Ruth.

So's this one, with the rest
of the 1927 Yankees.

Oh, man. Murderers' Row!

Lou Gehrig!

SCOTTY:
Babe Ruth!

But why would you trade?
That one's all chewed up.

I got a lot of good stuff.
Look at that stuff.

Besides, you need it more than I do.

You knew Babe Ruth?

George? I sure did.
And he knew me.

He was almost as great a hitter as I was.

I would've broken his record, too, but--

You went blind.

Yep.

I used to crowd the plate
so the strike zone almost disappeared.

(laughs)
Pitchers hate that.

That's the way I played,
100% all the time.

Baseball was life.

And I was good at it, real good.

And then, one day,

a high fast one, and pow--

Lights went out.

I don't think we can take this ball.

I'll tell you what.

You guys come by here once a week
and talk baseball with me,

we'll call it an even trade.

SCOTTY:
Deal!

NARRATOR: Even though Bill loved
the Murderers' Row ball,

he was still plenty mad
about me having swiped

his Babe Ruth autographed ball
and ruining it.

So I didn't feel too bad when
he grounded me for a week--

instead of the rest of my life.

Wow!

NARRATOR:
Things worked out between me and him,

and from then on,
I didn't have any trouble

just calling him Dad all the time.

We all lived together in the neighborhood
for a couple of more years,

mostly through junior high school,
and every summer was great,

but none of them ever came
close to that first one.

When one guy would move away,

we never replaced him
on the team with anyone else.

We just kept the game going,
like he was still there.

Wow. You're starting to hurt my hand.

BOY:
Don't miss it!

NARRATOR:
It was weird that Benny had said

Babe Ruth was like the Hercules
of baseball,

and The Beast's name
ended up being Hercules.

None of us could ever figure out
what that meant,

but we were all amazed by it.

I kept in touch with those guys
over the years,

and I found out that Yeah-Yeah's parents
shipped him off to military school.

After the Army, he became one of the
pioneering developers of bungee jumping.

Of course, we all know why.

Bertram, well...
Bertram got really into the '60s,

and no one ever saw him again.

Timmy and Tommy became
an architect and a contractor.

They started out small,

designing playground equipment
and prefabricated tree houses,

but they became multimillionaires
when they invented mini-malls.

Squints grew up and married
Wendy Peffercorn.

They have nine kids.

They bought Vincent's Drugstore,
and they still own it to this day.

Hamilton Porter became
a professional wrestler.

You know him as The Great Hambino.

DeNunez played triple-A ball,
but he never got to the majors.

He owns his own business now,

and he coaches a little league team
that his sons play on,

called the Heaters.

Hercules lived to be 199 years old--

uh, in doggy years.

I was the last one to move away,

but when I did,
the sandlot was still there.

After Benny pickled The Beast,
his reputation spread all over town.

From then on, he was known
as Benny "the Jet" Rodriguez.

And the nickname stuck with him
for the rest of his life.

(crowd cheering)

ANNOUNCER: Now pinch running
for the Los Angeles Dodgers,

Benny "the Jet" Rodriguez!

It is the clutch situation of the season.
They say the Jet's lost a step or two,

but I wouldn't be surprised
to see some fireworks here.

The Jet's got a suicide lead and--

(crowd cheering)

And there he goes!
He's stealing home! They don't see him!

I don't believe it!
He's stealing home!

(cheering)

He's stealing home and they don't see him!
I don't believe it! They don't see him!

The pitch!

He's hit the dirt!
He's safe! Safe!

Oh, my god!

(cheering)

Safe! Safe! Safe!

I don't believe it! The Jet stole home!
The Jet stole home!

(cheering continues)

(cheering continues)

(cheering fades)