The early reviews are in and The Sandlot seems to be the consensus favorite sports film among Rangers players.
At least the younger set.
Third baseman Drew Robinson, who is likely to begin the season at Triple A Round Rock, said the 1993 film reminds him of his childhood. It should, because it came out exactly one year to the month after he was born in April 1992.
As it was for teammate Delino DeShields and others, The Sandlot, which follows a group of baseball-playing buddies, captures the love of the game and adventures of filling a summer with days on a dusty diamond.
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“We all grew up playing baseball, I think that’s the reason why we loved it so much,” said Robinson, 23. “Going out there playing with your friends and just competing with your friends you grew up with in the neighborhood.”
In Robinson’s personal Sandlot childhood, however, there wasn’t a ferocious dog called The Beast.
“I was probably the one with the big scary dog,” he said. “My mom always had a bunch of dogs.”
Why The Sandlot and not Bull Durham, Rookie of the Year, or Field of Dreams?
“I liked them all but I think The Sandlot goes back to your childhood and growing up,” he said. “That’s the reason why you fell in love with sports and that’s why it’s my No. 1.”