It’s been 25 years since we were blessed with The Sandlot, a coming-of-age tale centered around a ragtag group of baseball-playing friends set in 1962. This weekend, the Ohio State softball team is celebrating the anniversary with a bit of a twist.
For many of us who grew up in the ’90s, The Sandlot was a childhood-defining film, and quotes from it still find their way into daily conversation. One of the most iconic scenes features the Sandlot kids being harassed by the Little Leaguers and challenging them to a game; the scene includes a battle of insults, with the ultimate smackdown being, “You play ball like a girl!” As a girl who played Little League, that didn’t ever sit well with me. So when I saw this video from the Ohio State softball team cross my timeline last night, I couldn’t not post about it.
— Ohio State Softball (@OhioState_SB) April 19, 2018
Keeping with the spirit, the team’s official Twitter posted another video today featuring a different, but just as iconic, scene, where Squints utters one three-syllable word that is oft-repeated by those of us in our 30s.
— Ohio State Softball (@OhioState_SB) April 20, 2018
But that’s not all! For this weekend’s series against the Michigan State Spartans, they are doing something special with every game. Saturday’s game even has a “Sandlot theme”, whatever the heck that is. Admission to the games is FREE, so if you live in the Columbus area, you have no excuse not to go.
In case you’ve never read my bio, I am an alum of Ohio State, so yes, I am a little biased in writing this article. But I don’t care. Go Buckeyes!
— Brutus Buckeye (@Brutus_Buckeye) April 20, 2018
Author: Jamie Sugah
Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.
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