This is my favorite face. This the face of childhood. This is the face of Michael Squints Palledorous. How many times any of us have seen the Sandlot is impossible to really tell, but I love it just as much as the next person. I feel as though summer cannot start until I've watched it; I feel this same way about "It's a Wonderful Life" and Christmas. It is by far the most quoted movie in my family and life, and I think I had a crush on half of them as an 8 year old.
Recently, a dream of mine came true. My good friend informed me one day that the movie "The Sandlot" was going to be played on THE original Sandlot field WITH the Sandlot CAST for their 20th anniversary. It was too good to be true, but then it wasn't. Because it actually happened. I saw some photos of the cast all grown up, and turns out Squints looks now like this. You know, like pretty different. The rest of the cast can be seen here: http://thefw.com/the-sandlot-kids-then-now/
So, this is why I would like to thank Mr. Chauncey Leopardi, Mr. Squints himself. For acting just as excited as we were and coming while wearing those lense-less black rimmed glasses and giving that classic toothy squints smile. I relived the Sandlot like it was real. He made me believe in it. And Grandpa Squints Palledorous too. Thanks for coming out on the field chanting "FOR-EV-ER!" over and over again and letting me try on your glasses and police officer hat. And thanks Hamilton Porter for looking just exactly the same as you did 20 years ago. And Timmy and Tommy and Yeah Yeah, heck...you guys came too.
Best Friends Forever
Hey, you guys look so happy to sign my purple Big League Chew.
And thanks Mr. Producer for letting us try on your extra long brim Scottie Smalls fish hat. I can't tell you how exciting this was. This brim is so long its shadow cast on me makes me look like I have a mustache.