KANSAS CITY, Kan. — It’s hard to believe, but 20 years have gone by since we first met the boys of ‘The Sandlot’. Friday night, the Kansas City T-Bones celebrated the movie by dedicating the whole night to ‘The Sandlot’ and the memories it created.
Fans got to meet the man who dreamed up the unforgettable characters: writer, director, and narrator David Mickey Evans.
“If it wasn’t for the fans of this movie, I wouldn’t be here, I wouldn’t have this job.” Evans said.
Evans is touring baseball stadiums throughout the country for five months in honor of the movie’s 20th anniversary. He said he’s still amazed at the number of fans who loved the movie and share it with the younger generation, like one man he met on the tour.
“He bought 12 copies of that DVD, a stack like that and said ‘Please sign this for me, this is for my wife, this is for my kids, this is for my grandkids, and these four are for my great-grandkids,’” Evans said.
Now, T-shirts boast the movie’s famous line: “You’re killing me smalls!”
And fans laugh at memories of the jabs the guys threw at each other in the film.
“You bob for apples in the toilet and you like it!”
“You play ball like a girl!”
It’s hard to forget the faces of the little boys who believed baseball was life and their biggest problem was “The Beast.”
Community America Ballpark turned into ‘The Sandlot’ for the night. It made fond memories return of boyhood, baseball and “The Beast”. After tonight’s game, fans were invited to watch a special screening of the movie.