The Sandlot

00:01:01and it happened in the 1932 World Series.
00:01:05The story goes that in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs,
00:01:08a full count and the tying run on base,
00:01:11Babe Ruth raised his arm and pointed to the center field bleachers.
00:01:14No one believed it, because nobody had ever done it before.
00:01:19But The Babe was calling his shot.
00:01:22On the next pitch, the Great Bambino hit a towering 400-foot home run.
00:01:28And even although he'd been a hero before that,
00:01:31that's pretty much how he became a legend.
00:01:34Thirty years later, a kid named Benjamin Franklin Rodriguez...
00:01:38became a neighborhood legend.
00:01:40It was in the greatest summer of my life...
00:01:43when he taught me to play baseball,
00:01:45and he became my best friend.
00:01:47And he got me out of the biggest pickle I'd ever be in.
00:02:21Go! Go! Go!
00:03:02Come over at 9:00.
00:03:05All right. See you later.
00:03:13I moved to the neighborhood two weeks before school let out.
00:03:17It was the same summer that Dodger Maury Wills would break the stolen bases record.
00:03:18It was the same summer that Dodger Maury Wills would break the stolen bases record.
00:03:22So with something that incredible going on,
00:03:24it should've started off with loads of great things happening for me,
00:03:28but it didn't.
00:03:30I was from another state, and I didn't have a single friend in a thousand miles.
00:03:36It was a lousy way to end up the fifth grade,
00:03:38'cause I had zip time to make friends before summer.
00:03:42And that's about where it all started.
00:03:50My real dad died when I was just a little kid.
00:03:53My mom had married Bill about a year before we moved to the Valley.
00:03:58At the time, he and I were still getting used to each other.
00:04:03Yeah.
00:04:07- Um, Dad? - Mm-hm m?
00:04:10I -I mean Bill.
00:04:12- Remember you-- you promised you'd teach me to play catch? - Mm-hmm.
00:04:17Um,
00:04:20w-well, could you teach me?
00:04:23Yeah. Sure.
00:04:32Okay.
00:04:34- Okay? - Thanks.
00:04:42Sorry.
00:05:25I'd followed them to the sandlot once after school.
00:05:29I'd never seen any place like it.
00:05:31It was like their own little baseball kingdom or something.
00:05:34It was the greatest place I'd ever seen anyway.
00:05:37- Bertram. - But they were good,
00:05:39- real good. - Come on, Bertram!
00:05:41And all I had was a plastic toy mitt that my grandmother gave me...
00:05:44for my birthday when I was six.
00:05:47But when I finally got up enough guts to go out there and try and make friends,
00:05:51I found out that they never kept score, they never chose sides,
00:05:55they never even really stopped playing the game.
00:05:57It just went on forever. Every day they picked up where they left off the day before.
00:06:02- It was like an endless dream game. - Come on! Come on!
00:06:05There was only eight of them, so they didn't have a whole team.
00:06:08So even though I didn't know how to play, I figured I could be the ninth man...
00:06:12and maybe just stand in the outfield somewhere and take up space.
00:06:15- Squints! - Of course, if I'd have known what was gonna happen when I got there,
00:06:19- I got it! - I probably never would've gone.
00:06:24- Nice catch. - Yeah.
00:06:32Come on!
00:06:54Come on, Benny, hit a homer!
00:06:57- Come on! - Hey, batter, batter, batter!
00:06:59- Whoa! - Watch out!
00:07:22Okay, I'll get it! Get it.
00:07:25Don't be a goofus. Don't be a goofus! Don't be a goofus!
00:07:38- Throw the ball back! Come on! - Yeah, hurry up!
00:07:53We are waiting!
00:07:55Come on! Throw it!
00:08:02- Come on, toss me the ball! - Come on!
00:08:06Come on!
00:08:14Oh, my God!
00:08:20My life's over.
00:08:22Did you see that hand?
00:08:28If it wasn't for Benny,
00:08:30I never would've made a single friend that summer,
00:08:33'cause all the rest of those guys thought I was a lost cause.
00:08:37Even before we became friends,
00:08:40Benny and me were connected, connected for the one moment later that summer...
00:08:44when I'd get us all into the biggest pickle...
00:08:46any of us had ever seen.
00:08:57Night, hon.
00:08:59Oh, I'm sorry, Mom. It was an accident.
00:09:12Scotty, have you made any friends yet?
00:09:17- No. - Why not, honey?
00:09:22'Cause I'm still new.
00:09:24I don't want you sitting around in here all summer fiddling with this stuff...
00:09:28like you did last summer and the one before.
00:09:30I know you're smart, and I'm proud of you.
00:09:33I want you to get out into the fresh air and make some friends.
00:09:37Run around, scrape your knees, get dirty.
00:09:41Climb trees, hop fences.
00:09:43Get into trouble, for crying out loud.
00:09:46Not too much, but some. You have my permission.
00:09:50How many mothers do you know who say something like that to their sons?
00:09:53Well, none mothers, I guess.
00:09:56Honey, I want you to make some friends this summer. Lots of them.
00:10:02Yeah, I know.
00:10:04But I'm not good at anything, Mom.
00:10:06Face it, I'm just an egghead.
00:10:08Honey, you'll always be just an egghead with an attitude like that.
00:10:29Well?
00:10:33Well?
00:10:35- He's too busy, Mom. - Oh, no, honey, he's not. He has some time.
00:10:39You go on back out there and ask him.
00:10:44- Uh, Bill, uh-- - Yeah?
00:10:46I mean, Dad, uh, can we--
00:10:50I mean, could you, like you said, teach me to play catch?
00:10:54Yeah. Sure.
00:10:56But I gotta get this done, okay?
00:10:58- Okay, thanks. - All right.
00:11:01- Bill? - Yeah?
00:11:03Uh, couldn't you take a break and teach him now?
00:11:07- Mom, it's okay, really. - Honey,
00:11:09I said I would, and I will, but I'm under the gun here.
00:11:12How long could it take?
00:11:14Can't you spare half an hour and show him now?
00:11:17- Mom, really, it's okay. - All right.
00:11:21Okay. I'll get my glove.
00:11:27See? I told you.
00:11:30Oh, great.
00:11:33All right, Scotty, get down to that end of the yard.
00:11:35Okay.
00:11:37Now, the key to this game is keeping your eye on the ball.
00:11:40No matter whether you're in the field or at bat, eye on the ball, okay?
00:11:43All right. Uh, yeah. I think so.
00:11:46Where the ball goes, your glove should go. Got it?
00:11:48Okay.
00:11:50Okay. All right.
00:11:56Darn. Sorry.
00:11:58It's all right. All right.
00:12:09Um-- Uh, here.
00:12:14Okay.
00:12:16Okay, I'm ready.
00:12:18Eye on the ball, okay? Got it?
00:12:22Okay.
00:12:23If the ball moves, move your glove. Got it?
00:12:26Yeah.
00:12:27All right. Here we go.
00:12:35Okay. You just need a bigger glove. Throw it back to me this time.
00:12:41Throw it back.
00:12:58Okay. Scotty, keep your eye on the ball.
00:13:01Okay. Got it.
00:13:04Okay.
00:13:06Ow! Oh, my eye!
00:13:09Ow! Ow! Oh!
00:13:12Ow! Ow!
00:13:14- What happened? - My eye.
00:13:17- Honey, get some ice. Ice. - No, I got it.
00:13:20- Here you go. - Those were for dinner.
00:13:22- Oh! - Just hold it up there.
00:13:24Nice and hard. Press it against-- Yeah.
00:13:26- I just took my eye off the ball, Mom. - Yeah, but you caught it.
00:13:29Just keep that on for, like, an hour.
00:13:32It'll still be black, but it won't swell.
00:13:35Sorry.
00:13:38Gotta watch out for that curve.
00:13:47Hey.
00:13:52I'm gonna play some ball. We need an extra guy. You wanna go?
00:13:55- No. Thanks. - Why not? Don't you like baseball?
00:13:59- Oh, yeah, but-- - But what?
00:14:03But my glove-- it's busted.
00:14:06Uh, see? Now I can't go. Thanks, though.
00:14:11It's okay.
00:14:14I got an extra one.
00:14:18Come on. Let's go.
00:14:23Mom, I'm gonna go play some ball!
00:14:25I'll be back in a little while.
00:14:27Come on. Let's go.
00:14:32And I'm Babe Ruth.
00:14:42Listen. Ready?
00:14:45Check this out.
00:14:48I'm the Great Bambino.
00:14:50What?
00:14:52- I'm the Great Bambino. - What?
00:14:55I'm the Great Bambino.
00:14:58Oh!
00:15:00Who's that?
00:15:06What?
00:15:08I had no idea who they were talking about.
00:15:11- What did he say? - What, were you born in a barn, man?
00:15:14Yeah, what planet are you from?
00:15:16But there was no way I could let them know.
00:15:19You never heard of the Sultan of Swat?
00:15:21The Titan of Terror?
00:15:23- The Colossus of Clout? - The Colossus of Clout!
00:15:26- The King of Crash, man. - So I lied.
00:15:30Oh, yeah, the Great Bambino. Of course.
00:15:34I thought you said, "the Great Bambi."
00:15:36That wimpy deer?
00:15:38Yeah. I guess. Sorry.
00:15:44Anyway, Scott, that's Timmy and Tommy Timmons,
00:15:49Mike "Squints" Palledorous,
00:15:52Alan McClellan-- we call him Yeah-Yeah--
00:15:55Bertram Grover Weeks,
00:15:57Kenny DeNunez and Hamilton Porter.
00:16:00We call him Ham. Guys, this is Scott Smalls.
00:16:02Hi.
00:16:06Yeah, um, wel I, he's gonna play with us 'cause he makes nine.
00:16:10Now we've got a whole team. We're wasting time. Let's go to the sandlot.
00:16:14- Benny, it's 9:00 in the morning. - It's 9:00.
00:16:16- Why'd you bring him, Benny? - 'Cause there's eight of us, and he makes nine.
00:16:18- Why'd you bring him, Benny? - 'Cause there's eight of us, and he makes nine.
00:16:20Yeah, yeah, so would my sister, but I didn't bring her.
00:16:23With nine guys we've got a whole team, Yeah-Yeah.
00:16:26No. With Elswenger we had a whole team.
00:16:30- Elswenger could catch. - And throw.
00:16:34Come on, Benny, man. He ain't game.
00:16:36- You saw the way he threw. - Yeah.
00:16:40You already fill up all the empty positions since Elswenger moved to Arizona.
00:16:44Right. And now I get to rotate eight positions instead of seven.
00:16:47- I need the practice, guys. - You're the best on the team. You don't need any practice.
00:16:51- No, you don't. - You're the best, man.
00:16:54Come on, Benny, man. The kid is...
00:16:56a L-7 weenie.
00:17:00Yeah, yeah. Oscar Mayer even. Foot-long!
00:17:04Dodger dog! A weenie!
00:17:09What are you laughing at, Yeah-Yeah? You run like a duck.
00:17:13Okay, okay, but I'm-- I'm--
00:17:15- Part of the game, right? - Mmm, yeah.
00:17:19Now, how come he don't get to be?
00:17:21- 'Cause he's a geek, man. - He can't catch.
00:17:23Man, base up, you blockheads.
00:17:32Smalls, you take left center, okay?
00:17:35Okay. Um, where exactly is that?
00:17:40It's over there, man.
00:17:49Here?
00:17:53That's left. I said left center.
00:17:56Okay. Right.
00:17:58Here?
00:18:03Come on, Benny, man.
00:18:06He's never gonna catch the ball anyway. Let's just play.
00:18:11- What a jerk. - Yeah-Yeah, get two.
00:18:18Come on! Throw it in here, Bertram!
00:18:23- Nice. - Wow!
00:18:26Good job!
00:18:30- Hey, Smalls, throw it to second. - Okay.
00:18:36- Come on, Benny. He's never gonna catch it. - He's not gonna catch it.
00:18:43Oh! I told you, Benny. We told you.
00:18:50Come on, Benny. Why'd you do that?
00:18:56A square, Benny. The kid's a square.
00:19:06Come on. Throw it in.
00:19:09What the hell's he doing?
00:19:15I don't believe this.
00:19:21Here. Sorry. Sorry.
00:19:50You can throw it, you know.
00:19:55No.
00:19:57I can't.
00:19:59I don't know how.
00:20:03Thanks for taking me here, but I think I'd better go.
00:20:07Hey, hey. You think too much.
00:20:10I bet you get straight A's and shit, huh?
00:20:12No, I got a "B" once.
00:20:14Actually an A-minus. But it should've been a "B."
00:20:18Man, this is baseball. You gotta stop thinking.
00:20:21You just have fun.
00:20:23I mean, if you were having fun, you would've caught that ball.
00:20:29You ever have a paper route?
00:20:31I helped a guy once.
00:20:34Okay. Well, chuck it like you would throw a paper.
00:20:37When your arm gets here, just let go.
00:20:41Just let go. It's that easy.
00:20:44How do I catch it?
00:20:49Just stand there and stick your glove out in the air.
00:20:52I'll take care of it.
00:20:54About time, Benny. My clothes are going out of style.
00:20:58- They already are, Squints. - Shut up!
00:21:01I told you, Benny.
00:21:06Smalls, throw it to second.
00:21:08Okay.
00:21:12Not again.
00:21:15We're wasting time, Benny.
00:21:19Please catch it.
00:21:29Please catch it.
00:21:31Please catch it. Please catch it.
00:21:41Yeah!
00:21:45- All right! - He's all right.
00:21:49I told you so, man.
00:21:56Okay.
00:21:58- Let's play some ball. - Yeah, let's play some ball.
00:22:01All right. I knew it... all the time.
00:22:08Yeah!
00:22:25I'll show you some more tomorrow, okay?
00:22:28- Okay. Bye. - You did good.
00:22:30See you later, Ham. 8:00 tomorrow.
00:22:32- 8:00, Benny? - Yeah. See you later, Smalls.
00:22:34Bye. See you tomorrow.
00:22:36Benny, wait!
00:22:38- Your glove. - Keep it, man.
00:22:42Thanks!
00:22:45Oh, yeah. Hey, Smalls.
00:22:52Um, bring a T-shirt and jeans tomorrow, okay?
00:22:57- Oh, um, you got a fireplace? - Oh, yeah.
00:23:01Yeah, why?
00:23:03Throw that hat in there, man.
00:23:05Oh, yeah. You know, it was the only one I had.
00:23:08Not anymore. Wear my old hat.
00:23:108:00 tomorrow morning.
00:23:12Thanks, Benny. Great. 8:00.
00:23:18Mom, guess what?
00:23:36Hamilton "The Babe" Porter.
00:23:39"Long-ball" Porter.
00:23:42Come on, DeNunez.
00:23:49Yeah, okay. Yes, I see it. Yes.
00:23:58Whoa!
00:24:00You call that pitching?
00:24:03This is baseball, not tennis.
00:24:06- Give him a tennis racket. - Give me something to hit.
00:24:09All right, Ham. This is my heater.
00:24:11- I dare you to hit it. - You'll be sorry.
00:24:14- Give that boy a bigger bat. - You want the heater, I'll give it to you.
00:24:17Give him a basketball. Maybe then he'll hit it.
00:24:24Oh, man!
00:24:27Yeah! That's how you do it.
00:24:32Ham, you idiot. Now we can't play no more.
00:24:35Great, you idiot!
00:24:37Hit me with the heater.
00:24:40Stupid idiot!
00:24:42Low and outside. Just like I like it.
00:24:56I'm gonna hit you!
00:24:58Wait a sec. I'll get it. - 1932 called shot World Series by The Babe.
00:25:03Called shot by the Babe.
00:25:06No!
00:25:08No!
00:25:18- Smalls, come back! - Hey guys, I'll get it!
00:25:21- Smalls! - Smalls!
00:25:24- What are you doing? - Smalls, wait!
00:25:27- Guys, what are you-- - Smalls!
00:25:30Get off! Guys, I gotta get the ball!
00:25:32- No, wait! - Get off of me! Now!
00:25:36- You're gonna get yourself killed! - Killed, man, jeez!
00:25:38Stop!
00:25:42Holy crap, you could've been killed.
00:25:45Yeah, yeah, truly. What are you doing?
00:25:47You guys were leaving, so I just thought I'd hop the fence--
00:25:50- If you were thinking, you wouldn't have thought that. - You can't go back there.
00:25:54- Then how do we get the ball back? - We don't.
00:25:56- We don't. - It's history.
00:25:58- It's history. Kiss it-- - Kiss it good-bye. Shut up, Tommy.
00:26:02It's gone, man. Gone.
00:26:04Game's over, man. We'll just get another ball tomorrow.
00:26:08- Yeah. - We'll never see it again.
00:26:10Why not?
00:26:17The Beast.
00:26:19What is that?
00:26:26Smalls, listen to me.
00:26:30Go to that fence... real slow, and be quiet.
00:26:34- But... I-I think-- - No, no, no. No, no.
00:26:36- Just go and peek through that hole. - But I--
00:26:39- But I saw something. What's back there? - It's okay. Just go.
00:26:43- Just go. - Go, Smalls.
00:26:46Come on, Smalls.
00:26:49Shh!
00:27:03Shh!
00:27:10- Shh! - Be quiet.
00:27:18Something got the ball.
00:27:22W-What was that thing?
00:27:26Camp out.
00:27:36Hey, guys, sorry I'm late.
00:27:38- My mom made me put on my jacket, - Shut up!
00:27:40And then she made me do the dishes.
00:27:42Your poor little mommy made you do the big bad dishes.
00:27:45- Hey, you want a s'more? - Some more what?
00:27:49No, no, you want a s'more?
00:27:51I haven't had anything yet, so how can I have some more of nothing?
00:27:56- Shut up! - You're killing me, Smalls.
00:27:59- All right. Who cut one? - These are s'mores stuff.
00:28:02- Okay, pay attention. - Bertram!
00:28:05First you take the graham.
00:28:08You stick the chocolate on the graham.
00:28:12- Then you roast the 'mallow. - No, it's my sleeping bag.
00:28:15When the 'mallow's flaming,
00:28:17Yes, it is yours. It has a yellow stain on it.
00:28:20You stick it on the chocolate.
00:28:22- You're gonna set the place on fire. - Then...
00:28:25- you cover it with the other end. - Make me one of those.
00:28:28Yeah, me too.
00:28:30- Then you stuff. - I don't like that chocolate stuff.
00:28:33Kind of messy, but good. Try some.
00:28:36Okay. Quiet, you guys.
00:28:38Shh! Shh!
00:28:42Quiet! Are you trying to wake it up?
00:28:45It just went to bed.
00:28:47- What just went to bed? - Shh!
00:28:50The Beast.
00:28:53- Oh, yeah! - Shh!
00:28:55- Jeez. - Dang.
00:28:57Shh.
00:29:01Now quiet.
00:29:05The legend of The Beast goes back a long time...
00:29:11before any of us could even pick up a baseball.
00:29:17Back to a place called Mertle's Acres.
00:29:21It all started about, mmm, 20 years ago,
00:29:26when thieves kept stealing junk from Mertle's Acres junkyard.
00:29:30So Mr. Mertle, the guy that used to own the place,
00:29:34got him this new pup from the dog pound.
00:29:38He fed him whole sides of beef...
00:29:40and turned the pup loose in the junkyard.
00:29:43And the pup was grateful.
00:29:57And so, in a few weeks, the pup grew into The Beast.
00:30:00And he grew big, and he grew mean...
00:30:04so that he could protect the junkyard with only one thing on his mind:
00:30:08to kill everyone that broke in.
00:30:11And he did, and he liked it a lot!
00:30:15The Beast was the most perfect junkyard dog that ever lived.
00:30:19A true killing machine.
00:30:22But after a while, the cops started getting phone calls from people...
00:30:25reporting all the missing thieves,
00:30:28the ones The Beast had killed.
00:30:31It added up to about 120--
00:30:34173 guys.
00:30:36It's true.
00:30:38They never found a single body.
00:30:41Not one. Some people say they all got away.
00:30:44But we all know what really happened.
00:30:47The Beast ate them.
00:30:49He ate them bone and all.
00:30:53The Beast was too good at his guard dog job,
00:30:55so the police said he had to be retired.
00:30:58My grandpa, Squidman Palledorous,
00:31:01was police chiefback then.
00:31:03He ordered Mr. Mertle to turn his backyard into a fortress...
00:31:08and chain up The Beast and put him under the house...
00:31:11where he could never get out to eat children and stuff.
00:31:14That's where he's been for 20 years.
00:31:17And that's where he'll be for the rest of his life.
00:31:20Because Mr. Mertle asked the cops how long...
00:31:23he had to keep The Beast chained up like a slave,
00:31:26they said until forever.
00:31:30Forever. Forever.
00:31:32Forever. Forever.
00:31:35Forever.
00:31:39And so, The Beast sits there under that lean-to,
00:31:43dreaming of the time when he can break the chain and get out,
00:31:48dreaming of the time he can chase and kill again.
00:31:53See, man? That's why you can't go over there.
00:31:55Nobody ever has. Nobody ever will.
00:31:58One kid did, but nobody ever seen him again.
00:32:01- That ain't true. - Yeah, it is.
00:32:08He got eaten.
00:32:10Nuh-uh.
00:32:12No. None of that's true.
00:32:15You guys are just making this up to scare me.
00:32:17Oh, yeah?
00:32:21Stick your head out that window...
00:32:23and look down.
00:32:28That night I learned that more than 150 baseballs...
00:32:33had gone over that fence and not one of them was ever seen again,
00:32:36even when some brave kid...
00:32:38worked up enough courage to peek over.
00:32:40Because when they went over, they vanished.
00:32:43I knew it was true.
00:32:45Because when I looked down in there,
00:32:47I didn't see a single solitary one.
00:32:54- He's down there. - You bet he is.
00:32:57Whatever goes over that fence...
00:33:02stays there.
00:33:04It becomes the property of The Beast...
00:33:08forever.
00:33:14- Come on, give it to me. - No, I wanna carry it.
00:33:17- Come on. I paid for it. - I wanna carry it.
00:33:19- Oh. Whoa! - Give it to me.
00:33:22Jeez Louise.
00:33:25- What's the matter? - Jeez.
00:33:37Wendy Peffercorn. Mmm.
00:33:42- Whoa! - Wow!
00:34:04- Come on, let's go. We gotta get-- - No!
00:34:06We gotta get to the sandlot. Let's go.
00:34:12- Come on. Let's go. - Okay.
00:34:16I'm sweating like a pig.
00:34:19Let's go! Come on!
00:34:24Where you guys been? We've been waiting here forever already.
00:34:27Aw, Squints was pervin' a dish.
00:34:29- Shut up. I wasn't. - Yeah, yeah, you were.
00:34:33Your tongue was hangin' out of your head, and you was swoonin'.
00:34:37Oh, Wendy Peffercorn, my darling lover girl.
00:34:42I said shut up!
00:34:44I've got a lot of things on my mind.
00:34:49This pop isn't working, Benny.
00:34:51I'm baking like a toasted cheeser! It's so hot here!
00:34:55It's 150 degrees out there. You can't play baseball.
00:34:59- You have to call it for the day. - You gotta listen to him, Benny.
00:35:02Vote then. Anybody who wants to be...
00:35:06a "can't hack it" panty waist...
00:35:10who wears their mama's bra, raise your hand.
00:35:14Yeah, I can handle that.
00:35:17Fine, fine, fine!
00:35:19Be like that.
00:35:21So what are we gonna do?
00:35:29Scam pool honeys!
00:35:32Benny would've played ball all day, all night, rain,
00:35:36shine, tidal wave, whatever.
00:35:38Baseball was the only thing he cared about.
00:35:41But of all the things we ever did besides baseball,
00:35:43going to the pool was what he tolerated best.
00:35:46Even though none of us had ever seen a Playboy magazine,
00:35:49- which we constantly lied about, - Hi.
00:35:52We figured going to the pool was the next best thing to being there.
00:35:55I remember you. Oh, sexy.
00:36:01Hey, girls.
00:36:09Cannonball!
00:36:19It wasn't really the pool honeys like we said,
00:36:22because if any one of them had come up to any one of us, we'd have just peed our pants.
00:36:27We all went because--
00:36:29well, because Wendy Peffercorn was the lifeguard.
00:36:50- Aw, man. - Yeah, yeah. Too cool.
00:36:54She don't know what she's doing.
00:36:56She don't know what she's doing.
00:36:58Yeah, she does.
00:37:01She knows exactly what she's doing.
00:37:04I've swum here every summer of my adult life.
00:37:10And every summer, there she is,
00:37:13lotioning, oiling, oiling, lotioning.
00:37:18- One day it became too much... - Smiling.
00:37:22- For Michael "Squints" Palledorous. - Smiling!
00:37:25I can't take this no more!
00:37:28- Move! - And he did the most desperate thing...
00:37:31- Lotioning, oiling. - Any of us...
00:37:33- had ever seen. - Lotioning,
00:37:35oiling.
00:37:45- What's wrong with him? - What's he doing?
00:37:59Three summers of this. I think he finally snapped.
00:38:02I don't know. But that's the deep end, and Squints can't swim.
00:38:42- Somebody help him! - Squints!
00:38:44Somebody help him! Come on!
00:38:58Move back. Move back.
00:39:00- Okay, I got him. I got him. - Come on up, Wendy.
00:39:03Everybody move back. Move back. Roll him over.
00:39:07Never mind! Never mind!
00:39:09Come on, Squints.
00:39:13- Come on, Squints. - Come on!
00:39:15Squints!
00:39:17- Come on, Squints. Squints. - Come on, Squints. Come on.
00:39:23- Wake up. - Come on, breathe, would you?
00:39:28Come on, Squints! You can do it! Pull through, bud!
00:39:35- Come on, man! Come on! - Yeah, yeah. He looks pretty crappy.
00:39:40Squints! Come on, man.
00:39:46Oh, God, he looks like a dead fish.
00:39:54What?
00:40:01Little pervert!
00:40:04Oh, man, he's in deep shit.
00:40:22And stay out!
00:40:49Oh, hey, here's your glasses. Did you plan that?
00:40:51Of course I did. I been planning it for years.
00:40:54You guys, he planned that! He knew what he was doing!
00:40:59Michael "Squints" Palledorous walked a little taller that day.
00:41:03We had to tip our hats to him.
00:41:05He was lucky she hadn't beat the crap out of him.
00:41:08We wouldn't have blamed her. What he'd done was sneaky,
00:41:11rotten and low... and cool.
00:41:15Not another one among us would've ever in a million years...
00:41:18even for a million dollars had the guts to put the move on the lifeguard.
00:41:22He did. He had kissed a woman,
00:41:25and he had kissed her long and good.
00:41:27We got banned from the pool forever that day.
00:41:30But every time we walked by after that,
00:41:32the lifeguard looked down from her tower,
00:41:34right over at Squints...
00:41:36and smiled.
00:41:52- Get your glove and come on. - What's the big deal?
00:41:54- Night game. Come on. Come on. - Mom, I'm going out!
00:42:14There was only one night game a year.
00:42:16- Guys, wait up! - On the 4th of July...
00:42:18the whole sky would brighten up with fireworks,
00:42:21giving us just enough light for a game.
00:42:24We played our best then because, I guess, we all felt like the big leaguers...
00:42:28under the lights of some great stadium.
00:42:31Benny felt like that all the time.
00:42:33We all knew he was gonna go on to bigger and better games,
00:42:37because every time we stopped to watch the sky on those nights like regular kids,
00:42:42he was there to call us back.
00:42:44You see, for us, baseball was a game.
00:42:48But for Benjamin Franklin Rodriguez,
00:42:51baseball was life.
00:42:57- Okay, hit it! - Yeah, yeah, come on, Benny.
00:43:35Now wait a minute.
00:43:37I'm talking about--
00:43:46You know--
00:43:59Yes, He did.
00:44:04Man!
00:44:13- Come on! Hurry up! - First!
00:44:18Run!
00:44:20Back off!
00:44:24Yeah, yeah!
00:44:26- Throw it in! Throw it in! - Get him! Get him!
00:44:30Come on! Come on! Come on!
00:44:34- Come on! Hurry up! - Go, Benny!
00:44:36Oh, damn!
00:44:45Oh, no!
00:45:16It's easy when you play with a bunch of rejects and a fat kid, Rodriguez.
00:45:20- Shut your mouth, Phillips. - What'd you say, crap face?
00:45:23I said you shouldn't even be allowed to touch a baseball.
00:45:25Except for Rodriguez, you're all an insult to the game.
00:45:28Come on! We'll take you on right here, right now!
00:45:32Come on!
00:45:35We play on a real diamond, Porter.
00:45:38You ain't good enough to lick the dirt off our cleats.
00:45:40- Watch it, jerk. - Shut up, idiot!
00:45:42- Moron! - Scab eater!
00:45:44- Butt sniffer! - Pus licker!
00:45:47- Fart smeller! - Ah!
00:45:50You eat dog crap for breakfast, geek.
00:45:52You mix your Wheaties with your mama's toe jam!
00:45:55Yeah!
00:45:57You bob for apples in the toilet and you like it.
00:46:01- Ooh. - You play ball like a girl!
00:46:14- What did you say? - You heard me.
00:46:19Tomorrow.
00:46:21Noon. At our field.
00:46:24Be there, buffalo-butt breath.
00:46:26Count on it, pee-drinking crap face!
00:46:28Yeah!
00:46:30Let's go!
00:46:41We're gonna kick their butts tomorrow.
00:46:43Yeah!
00:46:46- Good job. - Jerks.
00:46:50Play ball!
00:46:55Hurry up, batter.
00:46:57It's gonna be a short game, and I gotta get home for lunch.
00:47:02That's one.
00:47:04You know, if I had a dog as ugly as you,
00:47:09I'd shave his butt and tell him to walk backwards.
00:47:13The heater.
00:47:15Here it comes. I dare you.
00:47:18Strike three. You're out.
00:47:20Hey, is that your sister out there in left field, naked?
00:47:25- She's naked. - Shut up, Porter!
00:47:28Hey, hey, hey.
00:47:30I'm just trying to have a little friendly conversation.
00:47:33Come on. You think she'd go out with me?
00:47:39Come on. Show me your stuff.
00:47:41- Let's see what you got. - Hey, batter, batter, batter!
00:47:43Take him out!
00:48:02- Come on! - Bring it in!
00:48:16Oh! Beat ya.
00:48:22Throw it to third!
00:48:55We were all walking on air that night.
00:48:58It had been a solid victory.
00:49:00In fact, we beat the crap out of those guys.
00:49:03So we all went to celebrate.
00:49:05And we did the stupidest thing...
00:49:08any of us had ever done.
00:49:10Hey, guys, it's all on me tonight.
00:49:13Thanks, Benny!
00:49:15Nine tickets, please.
00:49:17- Hey, Benny. - Thanks.
00:49:19- Hey, Benny. - Benny.
00:49:22- Come on, you guys! - What about me? Thanks.
00:49:24Aw, crap! I almost forgot!
00:49:28- What? - What?
00:49:33Chaw! I was saving it for a good time.
00:49:36- What is it? - Big Chief.
00:49:38The best!
00:49:40Jeez, Smalls. I suppose you don't even know who The Babe is either.
00:49:47It's plug. Wad. Chewing tobacco.
00:49:50- 'Baccy, man. - What do you do with it?
00:49:54You're killing me, Smalls.
00:49:59- Chew it, of course. Yes. - You do?
00:50:01Yeah, sure, man. All the pros do it.
00:50:04Yeah, yeah. Gives you tons of energy.
00:50:07- Let's dip. Let's dip. - You got it, guys.
00:50:11Come on. I want some.
00:50:14- Mm. Mm. - Mm.
00:50:17- The best. - Let's ride!
00:50:21- Yeah! - Yeah!
00:50:38Mm!
00:50:56- Yeah-hah! - Yeah!
00:50:59- Whoo-hoo! - Squints, this is the best!
00:51:03Wow! Yeah! Whoo!
00:51:06All right!
00:51:14Yeah!
00:51:43Blech!
00:52:29Oh, that feels better.
00:52:37I'll be back in an hour. I'm gonna take your dad to the airport.
00:52:41Oh, okay.
00:52:43Honey, are you feeling all right? You look kind of pale.
00:52:45- I'm fine, Mom. - You sure?
00:52:47- I'm fine, really. - All right.
00:52:50Listen, Scott.
00:52:54While I'm gone, you're the man of the house. Understand?
00:52:58- Okay. - Okay.
00:53:00- Where are you going? - Chicago.
00:53:03On business for a week.
00:53:05- We'll take another stab at catch when I get back, all right? - Yeah, I guess so.
00:53:09- Take care of things for me. - Okay.
00:53:11- All right? - I will.
00:53:13Okay. Be a good boy.
00:53:16- I will. - Okay.
00:53:25A couple days after we all got over acting like big shots,
00:53:29we swore off the hard stuff forever and just stuck to Bazooka.
00:53:33But the day we all got back together for some baseball...
00:53:36was the day I got us into the biggest pickle of all time,
00:53:40and it all started with an omen.
00:54:54Oh, man.
00:54:59I don't believe it.
00:55:02- Bitchin'. - Nah, it ain't.
00:55:04Come on. Maybe two or three guys in history...
00:55:06ever busted the guts out of a ball.
00:55:08- Must be an omen. - All's it means is that we can't play no more.
00:55:12It's only 12:00, and I just ruined the whole day for us.
00:55:15No, you didn't. That's the most amazing thing I ever saw.
00:55:18- Yeah. - Anybody got any money?
00:55:20No. - Then it ain't okay, 'cause now we can't play no more.
00:55:24Yeah, we can.
00:55:26What, you got 98 extra cents lying around, Smalls?
00:55:29- No, but I got a ball. - Go get it!
00:55:49I got it, guys! I got it! I got the ball, guys!
00:55:52I got it. Right here, guys.
00:55:54I got the ball. I got it.
00:55:57- Here, Benny. I got it. - Bitchin'. Your ball, your ups.
00:56:00- Here you go. - Okay.
00:56:02All right. Come on. Kenny, here.
00:56:05Come on. Yeah, come on!
00:56:07Batter up!
00:56:10Your fly's open.
00:56:14There's one.
00:56:19One, two, three.
00:56:21Three strikes, three pitches.
00:56:23Hey, batter, batter, batter!
00:56:25- Come on, Smalls! - Hey, batter, batter, batter!
00:56:31Oh, my. Oh, man.
00:56:35- Run! - Yes!
00:56:37Way to go, school meat! I taught him everything.
00:56:43Oh, man, that was great. That went clear over.
00:56:49Hey, uh, Smalls, third base is that way.
00:56:52Hey, Smalls. Smalls.
00:56:55- Go to third. - Oh, no. Oh, no.
00:56:59Yeah! Nice hit, Smalls. Nice hit. Yeah!
00:57:02- Oh, no. - It's outta here! Who's got the big bat now?
00:57:06- Smalls! Smalls! Smalls! - Smalls?
00:57:09You forgot to turn.
00:57:11You go to third base!
00:57:15Smalls--
00:57:19What the hell's he doing?
00:57:21Maybe the shock of his first homer was just too much for him.
00:57:24Yeah.
00:57:28Smalls.
00:57:33Smalls? Smalls.
00:57:51- We got to get that ball back. - Oh, yeah, right.
00:57:55- Good one, Smalls. - Yeah, good one, Smalls.
00:57:58Hey, forget about it, man. Let's get another ball.
00:58:01No, you don't understand!
00:58:03Sure, we do. You feel bad 'cause you belted a homer. Now we can't play no more.
00:58:07No, you don't understand! That wasn't my ball!
00:58:14What do you mean, that wasn't your ball?
00:58:17It was my stepdad's.
00:58:19I stole it from his trophy room.
00:58:21It was a present or something. Somebody gave it to him.
00:58:24We gotta get it back. He's gonna kill me!
00:58:26Ohh.
00:58:29Listen to me, Smalls.
00:58:32It's a matter of life and death.
00:58:34Where did your old man get that ball?
00:58:38What? I don't know. Some lady gave it to him.
00:58:41- Why? - What? Some lady?
00:58:44Yeah. She even signed her name on it. Some lady named...
00:58:47Ruth, Baby Ruth.
00:58:49Babe Ruth?
00:59:14No!
00:59:22The Beast got it.
00:59:24- You're dead as a doornail, Smalls. - You're dead as a doornail.
00:59:27Smalls, you mean to tell me that you went home and swiped a ball...
00:59:31that was signed by Babe Ruth,
00:59:33- and you brought it here and actually played with it? - Actually played with it?
00:59:37- Yeah, but I was gonna bring it back. - But it was signed by Babe Ruth.
00:59:42Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. You keep telling me that. Who is she?
00:59:46What?
00:59:49What?
00:59:51- The Sultan of Swat. - The King of Crash.
00:59:55- The Colossus of Clout. - The Colossus of Clout.
00:59:58Babe Ruth!
01:00:00The Great Bambino!
01:00:04Oh, my God! You mean that's the same guy?
01:00:07Yes!
01:00:09Smalls, Babe Ruth is the greatest baseball player that ever lived.
01:00:13People say he was less than a god but more than a man.
01:00:16You know, like Hercules or something.
01:00:18That ball you just aced to The Beast is worth,
01:00:22well, more than your whole life.
01:00:26I don't feel so good.
01:00:30- Uh-oh, fan him. - Give him air, give him air.
01:00:34We have to get that ball back.
01:00:38- When does your old man get home from work? - He's gone on business.
01:00:41Out of town. But he could be back anytime.
01:00:45All right. Find out when.
01:00:47And, guys, spread out and look for bottles and cash 'em in.
01:00:50We need 98 cents. We gotta buy us a ball.
01:00:53Yeah!
01:01:01- Come on. Let's go! - Go, go, go, go! Move, move!
01:01:05Come on. Open it up! Hurry up, hurry up!
01:01:08- Give me the ball. - Give me something to write with.
01:01:11- I got a pencil. - Give me a pen, not a pencil!
01:01:14- Sorry. - I got a pen.
01:01:18Babe--
01:01:20- Baby Ruthie? - It says, "Babe Ruth."
01:01:23- I don't know, Benny, man. - Yeah, boy, that looks pretty crappy.
01:01:26It doesn't matter what it looks like.
01:01:28His mom's never gonna know the difference.
01:01:30- This'll just buy us some time, you dorks. - Okay, come on.
01:01:50- Scotty? - Uh, in here, Mom.
01:01:55Oh, hi, honey. What are you doing in here?
01:01:57Uh, just looking at Bill's--
01:02:00I mean, uh, Dad's baseball.
01:02:02You know he doesn't like you to touch his things.
01:02:07Yeah. I-- I know. Sorry, Mom.
01:02:09Has he ever told you about that ball?
01:02:13Uh, no. Uh, not really.
01:02:16I-- I don't think so. No, no, no, he hasn't at all.
01:02:21I don't-- I don't know anything about it.
01:02:23Babe Ruth signed that ball. He was...
01:02:26the greatest baseball player who ever lived.
01:02:29- Oh. Really? - He sure is.
01:02:33Your dad's father gave it to him.
01:02:36Maybe someday he'll give it to you.
01:02:40Oh.
01:02:42Neat.
01:02:44It was salt in an open wound.
01:02:47Even my own mom, a grown-up girl,
01:02:49knew who Babe Ruth was.
01:02:52I was dead meat.
01:02:55We had thought that that ball Benny had busted the guts out of...
01:02:58meant something amazing was gonna happen.
01:03:01Now I just figured it meant my life was over.
01:03:03Hey, I got it!
01:03:06Why don't we just go over...
01:03:08and knock on the door and ask Mr. Mertle if he can get it for us?
01:03:11Are you out of your mind? Mr. Mertle's the meanest old man that ever lived.
01:03:15He's the one who made The Beast eat that kid.
01:03:20It's not an option, Smalls. Forget about it!
01:03:24Oh, okay. Sorry. I -- I will.
01:03:28Let's just look out the window.
01:03:30Good idea.
01:04:00- He's daring us. - We're on his territory now.
01:04:03Anybody got any bright ideas?
01:04:05After we'd all thought about it real hard,
01:04:09we had absolutely no idea what the hell we were gonna do.
01:04:12So things started primitively.
01:04:18Go.
01:04:25- Farther. - Farther, okay.
01:04:35- Just a little bit farther. - Farther. Farther.
01:04:40Aah!
01:04:43Oh, no! Aah!
01:04:58Farther.
01:05:04Go to the right a little bit. Put the back to the right.
01:05:12A little bit farther.
01:05:14- Farther? - Guys, I see it. Turn, turn.
01:05:20Almost.
01:05:25You got it. Pull it back.
01:05:28- I got it! - Got it, guys.
01:05:30Oh, my God!
01:05:34Pull it back! Aah!
01:05:58I think we've seriously underestimated The Beast.
01:06:02Obviously, we're dealing with a superior intelligence.
01:06:09- Power. - Okay, guys, almost ready.
01:06:12We're connecting power now.
01:06:14Power connected.
01:06:33Okay, we're ready.
01:06:35Initiate retrieval suction.
01:06:37Initiate retrieval suction.
01:06:38Initiate retrieval suction.
01:06:40- Prepare to initiate retrieval suction number one. - Okay. Get ready, guys.
01:06:44Initiate retrieval suction number one.
01:06:47Initiating retrieval suction number one now!
01:06:53- Fire number two. - Initiate number two.
01:06:56Firing two now!
01:07:01- Fire number three. - Number three now!
01:07:05Whoa!
01:07:10Ha! You got it. Haul it up.
01:07:13All right!
01:07:20Pull it up.
01:07:33- What's going on, Squints? - The pipe-- it's pinched shut.
01:07:40- Turn it off, man! - I can't! They're shorting out!
01:07:44What the hell is that noise?
01:07:47The vacs are clogged. I don't know about you, but I'm getting outta here.
01:07:50Let's go!
01:07:52Oh, no! Aah!
01:07:57Aah!
01:08:04Aah!
01:08:06Aah! Aah!
01:08:10They're gonna blow! Aah!
01:08:24Aah!
01:08:26Incoming!
01:08:58We've been going about this all wrong.
01:09:03I blame myself.
01:09:06We need total surprise.
01:09:08An airborne attack. The Beast will never expect it.
01:09:13Yeah.
01:09:25- It's clear. - Take me up.
01:09:53Let me down slow.
01:10:02- A little slower. - Go slow.
01:10:05Go.
01:10:07Yeah, let me down. Almost there.
01:10:09He's almost there.
01:10:18Let me down right over it.
01:10:20Let him down right overit.
01:10:38Ewww.
01:10:42Okay, I got it. Get me outta here.
01:10:45Pull him up.
01:10:53I-- I-- I--
01:10:56- Hey, pull him up! - Aah! Aah!
01:10:59Aah!
01:11:04Aah!
01:11:07Aah!
01:11:17It was my last chance.
01:11:19So we quit messing around and pulled out all the stops.
01:11:22I collected every piece of erector set I had,
01:11:25and it finally became...
01:11:28science against nature.
01:11:43Okay, go with me on the launch. Come on, Squints.
01:11:51- Prepare to launch. - Prepare to launch.
01:11:53Prepare to launch. Launching.
01:11:56Launch.
01:12:23Okay, you're on the ground.
01:12:27Moving forward.
01:12:47- You went too far. Go back. - Reverse. It's too far.
01:12:50Reverse.
01:12:53Stop.
01:12:56Drop catapult.
01:13:03- The catapult is dropped. - Open catapult.
01:13:06We're gonna get it. I know it.
01:13:09Opening.
01:13:15Forward.
01:13:25Close catapult.
01:13:29- Catapult's closed. - We're gonna get it. Come on.
01:13:33Aah! Fire, fire, fire!
01:13:44I got it! I got it! I got it!
01:13:51Aah!
01:14:23My life... was over.
01:14:26Just as Bill had finally warmed up to me...
01:14:28and asked me to be the man of the house,
01:14:31I had to knock a priceless chunk of history into the clutches of a monster.
01:14:35Great.
01:14:38I had a dream that night about a giant baseball...
01:14:42that was signed by Babe Ruth...
01:14:44falling out of the sky and hammering me into the ground...
01:14:46like a railroad spike.
01:14:49I didn't know what that meant,
01:14:51but Benny had a dream that night too, and his was a lot more helpful.
01:15:02Who's there?
01:15:09Don't go pee in your pants. I'm just here to give you a hand.
01:15:12- B-But you're-- - Dead?
01:15:16Legends never die, kid.
01:15:18But you're really him.
01:15:21You're The Babe.
01:15:25The Sultan of Swat. The King of Crash.
01:15:28Of Crash, and a hundred other dopey names.
01:15:31Forget about that stuff, kid. We ain't got much time.
01:15:33- I'm here 'cause you're in some kind of a pickle, right? - Yeah.
01:15:36A baseball with my John Hancock on it...
01:15:39went over a fence and you can't get it back, right?
01:15:41Yeah, right.
01:15:45- Then just hop over there and get it. - Wait, wait!
01:15:54- I can't. - Can't what?
01:15:58- I can't go into that backyard. - Why not?
01:16:02There's a beast back there.
01:16:06What kind?
01:16:08A giant gorilla-dog thing that ate one kid already.
01:16:12Is that a fact? Sit down, kid.
01:16:17Sit down.
01:16:25Let me tell you something, kid.
01:16:28Everybody gets one chance to do something great.
01:16:32Most people never take the chance, either 'cause they're too scared...
01:16:35or they don't recognize it when it spits on their shoes.
01:16:38This is your big chance,
01:16:40and you shouldn't let it go by.
01:16:43Remember when you busted the guts out of the ball the other day?
01:16:47Someone's telling you something, kid. If I was you, I'd listen.
01:16:52Yeah. But what?
01:16:55You're the one with the rubber legs.
01:16:58Figure it out.
01:17:01"Henry Aaron."
01:17:04- I don't know why, but can I have this? - Sure, yeah.
01:17:07Thanks.
01:17:11Wait.
01:17:15You're saying I should hop over that fence and pickle The Beast?
01:17:22Think about that, kid. I'll see you later.
01:17:30Remember, kid, there's heroes and there's legends.
01:17:34Heroes get remembered,
01:17:37but legends never die.
01:17:39Follow your heart, kid, and you'll never go wrong.
01:17:47I had a dream. Get dressed. We're going to the sandlot.
01:17:49Okay. Wait. I'll get my stuff.
01:18:00Only one kid in history had ever attempted...
01:18:03what Benny was about to,
01:18:05and he got eaten.
01:18:07So we were worried-- real worried--
01:18:11even when Benny brought out the secret weapon:
01:18:14shoes guaranteed to make a kid run faster and jump higher,
01:18:18P.F. Flyers.
01:18:20We can't let him do this, man.
01:18:41Benny, wait.
01:18:44It's okay.
01:18:46It was my fault.
01:18:50You don't have to do this.
01:18:52Yeah. Come on, Benny, man. You don't have to do it. Forget about it.
01:18:56It's like committing suicide, Benny. Don't do it.
01:18:59- Yeah, don't do it, Benny. - Yeah.
01:19:01Don't do it. It's suicide.
01:19:03Yeah, I do, Smalls.
01:19:07I have to do this.
01:19:17Heroes get remembered,
01:19:19but legends never die.
01:19:22Follow your heart, kid, and you'll never go wrong.
01:21:33Whoa!
01:21:38- Yeah! Yeah! - Yeah!
01:21:41- Yeah! All right, Benny! - Oh, shit!
01:21:58Come on! What are we waiting for? Let's get him!
01:22:10A werewolf can be killed only with a silver bullet...
01:22:13or a silver knife or a stick...
01:22:16- with a silver handle. - You're insane.
01:22:24Aah!
01:22:27Ohh!
01:22:29- The wolf bit you, didn't he? - Yeah, he did.
01:22:37Go now. And heaven help you.
01:23:51Look out! Aah!
01:23:58Hey! Hey!
01:24:07Hey, hey, hey! Kids!
01:24:12Put it down. Careful, careful.
01:24:16Whoa, whoa, whoa!
01:24:19Whoa, whoa, whoa!
01:24:32Mommy, Mommy, look. A doggy!
01:24:37Ooh, a big doggy.
01:24:45- Ohh! - Look out! Look out!
01:24:48Look out! Sandlot, sandlot, sandlot!
01:24:50Sandlot! Let's go!
01:24:53This way! Sandlot! Shortcut, you guys! Let's go!
01:25:10Where is he?
01:25:13Does anyone see him?
01:25:15I don't see him.
01:25:22There he is!
01:25:33Oh, no.
01:25:57Aah!
01:26:13Look out!
01:26:45Oh, man.
01:26:48Oh, man.
01:27:00Come on, guys. Help me!
01:27:02Please!
01:27:07Benny! Benny, help me, please! He's hurt!
01:27:15Come on. I can't lift it.
01:28:14Let's go.
01:28:29Wow!
01:28:35Aw.
01:28:44- Wow! - Now we can play forever.
01:29:10Hello?
01:29:12This is bad.
01:29:14This is very bad.
01:29:16Um, we-- we-- we brought your dog home.
01:29:19Hercules?
01:29:22How'd he get out?
01:29:24I'm telling you guys, we should've just turned it loose.
01:29:29Um, uh, well, uh-- We, uh--
01:29:32What happened was, we hit a baseball into your yard. We tried to get it back.
01:29:36- So you're the ones that've been making all that racket. - Yes, sir.
01:29:40You get it?
01:29:42Um, y-yeah.
01:29:48Well, first time...
01:29:50that anybody ever got the best of old Hercules.
01:29:54Why didn't you just knock on the door? I'd have gotten it for you.
01:29:58Oh, my God!
01:30:00I can't believe you!
01:30:02- We got the ball back, didn't we? - We almost got killed!
01:30:06Didn't we get the ball back? Just shut up!
01:30:11We got the ball back.
01:30:18Thanks for bringing him home.
01:30:21Come on in.
01:30:28We'll talk about this baseball.
01:30:30Come on.
01:30:42You in trouble, aren't you, son?
01:30:47Yeah, well, uh, that was my stepdad's ball.
01:30:50I took it without asking.
01:30:53- It was signed by Babe Ruth. - George signed this?
01:30:57George Herman Ruth? Yeah.
01:30:59I take it back. You're not in trouble. You're dead where you stand.
01:31:06Hold on.
01:31:10Hold on.
01:31:28Here.
01:31:32I'll trade ya.
01:31:35That's nice of you, but that ball really is signed by Babe Ruth.
01:31:38So's this one, with the rest of the 1927 Yankees.
01:31:45Oh, man. Murderer's Row!
01:31:49Lou Gehrig!
01:31:51Babe Ruth! But why would you trade?
01:31:55That one's all chewed up.
01:31:57I got a lot of good stuff. Look at that stuff.
01:32:00Besides, you need it more than I do.
01:32:17You knew Babe Ruth?
01:32:19George? I sure did. And he knew me.
01:32:23He was almost as great a hitter as I was.
01:32:27- I would've broken his record, but-- - You went blind.
01:32:31Yep. I used to crowd the plate...
01:32:33so the strike zone almost disappeared.
01:32:37Pitchers hate that.
01:32:41That's the way I played-- 100 % all the time.
01:32:44Baseball was life.
01:32:48And I was good at it, real good.
01:32:51And then... one day,
01:32:53a high fast one, and pow,
01:32:56lights went out.
01:33:01I don't think we could take this ball.
01:33:04I'll tell you what.
01:33:06You guys come by once a week and talk baseball with me, we'll call it an even trade.
01:33:15Deal!
01:33:19Even though Bill loved the Murderer's Row ball,
01:33:22he was still plenty mad about me having swiped...
01:33:25his Babe Ruth autographed ball and ruining it.
01:33:29So I didn't feel too bad when he grounded me for a week...
01:33:33instead of the rest of my life.
01:33:35Wow!
01:33:37Things worked out between me and him.
01:33:40And from then on, I didn't have any trouble...
01:33:42just calling him Dad all the time.
01:33:46We all lived together in the neighborhood for a couple of more years--
01:33:50mostly through junior high school-- and every summer was great.
01:33:53But none of them ever came close to that first one.
01:33:57When one guy would move away,
01:33:59we never replaced him on the team with anyone else.
01:34:02We just kept the game going like he was still there.
01:34:06You're starting to hurt my hand.
01:34:08Don't miss it!
01:34:10It was weird that Benny said...
01:34:13Babe Ruth was like the Hercules of baseball, and The Beast's name ended up being Hercules.
01:34:17None of us could figure out what that meant,
01:34:20but we were all amazed by it.
01:34:22I kept in touch with those guys over the years,
01:34:24and I found out that Yeah- Yeah's parents shipped him off to military school.
01:34:28After the army, he became one of the pioneering developers of bungee jumping.
01:34:32Of course, we all know why.
01:34:34Bertram, well-- Bertram got really into the '60s,
01:34:37and no one ever saw him again.
01:34:39Timmy and Tommy became an architect and a contractor.
01:34:43They started out small, designing playground equipment...
01:34:46and prefabricated tree houses.
01:34:48But they became multimillionaires...
01:34:50when they invented mini-malls.
01:34:54Squints grew up and married Wendy Peffercorn.
01:34:56They have nine kids.
01:34:59They bought Vincent's Drugstore, and they still own it to this day.
01:35:02Hamilton Porter became a professional wrestler.
01:35:05You know him as The Great Hambino.
01:35:07DeNunez played triple-A ball, but he never got to the majors.
01:35:12He owns his own business now, and he coaches a little league team...
01:35:15that his sons play on called the Heaters.
01:35:19Hercules lived to be 199 years old--
01:35:22uh, in doggy years.
01:35:24I was the last one to move away.
01:35:27But when I did, the sandlot was still there.
01:35:31After Benny pickled The Beast, his reputation spread all over town.
01:35:35From then on, he was known as Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez.
01:35:38And the nickname stuck with him for the rest of his life.
01:35:42Now pinch running for the Los Angeles Dodgers,
01:35:45Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez!
01:35:50It is the clutch situation of the season.
01:35:53They say The Jet's lost a step or two,
01:35:56but I wouldn't be surprised to see some fireworks here.
01:36:02The Jet's got a suicide lead and--
01:36:06And there he goes! He's stealing home! I don't believe it!
01:36:09He's stealing home!
01:36:12He's stealing home, and they don't see him! The pitch!
01:36:22He's hit the dirt! He's safe! Safe!
01:36:25Oh, my God!
01:36:31Safe! Safe! Safe!
01:36:33I don't believe it! The Jet stole home! The Jet stole home!
01:37:06Andante
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