Twenty years ago, we were introduced to characters like Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez, Smalls, Squints, Ham and Yeah-Yeah. They were far from a pack of superheroes; just neighborhood kids trying to stay out of trouble while playing baseball.

“The Sandlot” remains one of my favorite baseball movies. I remember seeing it in theaters. I can’t say “forever” without saying it in super-slow motion.


In celebration of its big anniversary, the Minnesota Twins are showing “The Sandlot” on Target Field’s giant outfield screen. Fans can catch the film following the May 19 game against Boston.

Before the screening, writer/director David Mickey Evans and two of the movie’s stars – Chauncey Leopardi (Squints) and Patrick Renna (Ham) – stopped by WCCO for an interview.

Watch the video above to get the inside scoop about why the movie is so popular, what Darth Vader (aka James Earl Jones) really thinks about baseball and if Squints still talks to lifeguard Wendy.


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