It's been called the greatest baseball movie ever made.
Ask just about anyone over the age of 12 if they have seen "The Sandlot." You will see a big smile and then hear them say, 'I love that movie!"
"The Sandlot" hit the silver screen back in 1993, but it's making its way to an even bigger screen Friday night in Memphis at AutoZone Park.
It's about little boys, baseball, mean dogs, crude remarks, and girls.
David Mickey Evans wrote and directed this classic film and is now on a nationwide tour where his film is being screened in baseball parks like AutoZone Park, home of the Memphis Redbirds, in Downtown Memphis.
"I've seen it in some pretty big movie screens but not that big," he said.
Chances are you have never seen "The Sandlot" on even a regular movie screen. Most of the world has likely seen the movie on DVD or cable.
It is one of those movies you never get tired of watching.
"I do remember the day that I sat down to do this," Evans recalls. "It was one of those 'I got it' moments and I had done a couple of movies. I was just trying to do this, and it just came to me."
What came to him was an event in his on life as a young boy in Southern California when he and his little brother actually lived through many of the events that became what we all came to know as "The Sandlot."
Over the years it has reached cult status and many of the lines Evans wrote for the movie have become iconic phrases.
"Going through airports where parents and little unruly 4-year-olds who stop and say, 'You're killing me Smalls!,' all over the world, so I love to meet everybody who loves the movie.
You will have a chance to meet Evans Friday night at AutoZone Park, see the movie and learn more about the making of the movie.
So if you are like the rest of us and love "The Sandlot" because in some small way it takes you back to that one summer that defined your entire life before you had to grow up, do not miss this opportunity.
"I want you all to come out and fill every one of these seats," Evans said. "That would be fantastic for a great cause. Stax Music Academy and Palmer Home for Children will benefit from this screening."
"The Sandlot" airs at 7:30 p.m., and gates open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $7 per person and $20 for a family four-pack.
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