For those of us that grew up in the 1990s, there was a memorable run of baseball-themed kid's movies involving such complex plots as a child making it to the major leagues (Rookie of the Year), or inheriting the Minnesota Twins (Little Big League), or seeing celestial beings playing ball (Angels in the Outfield).
But none captured the pure essence of baseball — the summer, the friendships, the never-ending game — like The Sandlot. Its lines remain quotable ("you're killing me, Smalls!"), its characters remain endearing (Squints and Wendy Peffercorn forever), and if you were expecting editorial objectivity in this piece, well you can forget it because The Sandlot is one of the best sports films made.
And it's coming to Austin for a very special event.
In the wake of a successful Val Kilmer-themed weekend, Alamo Drafthouse's Rolling Roadshow announced it is reuniting The Sandlot gang for "an epic outdoor event." On Sunday, October 20, fans of the cult classic can head to Treaty Oaks Distillery in Dripping Springs to meet cast members, watch the film, and partake in a celebration of America's favorite movie about America's favorite pastime.
Joining the fun will be Tom Guiry (Smalls), Chauncey Leopardi (Squints), and Patrick Renna (Ham), who will conduct a pre-screening Q&A and indulge in "pre-show shenanigans," according to Rolling Roadshow's release. VIP ticketholders can also meet the cast, among other perks.
Once again, the Drafthouse and Rolling Roadshow are partnering with Austin Food & Wine Alliance to donate a portion of the event's proceeds to the local culinary nonprofit.
And speaking of food (home run transition there), homemade Cracker Jack, stadium nachos, hot dogs, hamburgers, s’mores pudding, Big League Chew, peanuts, snow cones, and peach cream soda will all be on theme and available for purchase during the screening.
Tickets for The Sandlot are $40 for general admission and $10 for kids. As mentioned, there are a limited number of VIP passes available for $140. For more information or to purchase tickets, head here.