P broke my heart the other night when he told me he didn't want to play fall baseball this year. Baseball is absolutely my favorite sport and I treasure all the time we spend at the ball fields each season.
He assured me it wasn't that he didn't like baseball, and definitely wants to play next spring, but he just finished the spring season a few weeks ago, and says he would like a break. He's excited for soccer this fall after getting back into this spring and really enjoying it.
Ok. I get it. I'm not going to be that parent who signs their kids up for things they don't want to do.
But I've assembled quite a library of baseball movies in our collection that we'll be watching as a family periodically so he doesn't forget the baseball is the greatest sport ever.
So here's a list of the movies you might see if you joined us at our house for Friday Night Movie Nights.
1.The Sandlot - "You're killing me Smalls!" Love this movie! Mr. Sasha and I went to see it in the theater when it came out in 1993 when we first started dating. I could watch this over and over and never get tired of it.
2. The Sandlot 2 -I recently ordered The Sandlot 2 even though the reviews on Amazon weren't great. It's basically a remake of the first Sandlot, not a sequel. But my kids loved it just the same.
3. The Sandlot: Heading Home -Now this is a sequel! Although some of the elements of the story are taken from the original, this is a new story and even features grown-up Benny and Squints, and Squints is even played by the original actor.
4. The Bad News Bears -Such a classic, and even though there is some inappropriate language in this movie, we've enjoyed this so much as a family. (And we used it as an opportunity to teach that just because we hear someone else say something, it doesn't mean it's OK for us to do the same.)
5. Rookie of the Year -P especially loves this story of a 12-year-old who discovers an injury left him with the amazing ability to throw at an amazing speed and joins a major league team.
6. Little Big League - A young boy inherits a major league team and appoints himself as manager. I think I ordered this one with my Disney Rewards points, so you might check there because Amazon's $20 price is pretty high.
7. The Perfect Game - This is about a group of boys from a rural poor area of Monterey, Mexico who had a dream of playing Little League Baseball in America in the 50s. Extremely family-appropriate.
8. The Rookie -We haven't actually watched this one yet, but we're home today with stomach viruses, so maybe today will be the day! I think I ordered this one with my Disney Rewards Points. I am going to admit that I have a crush on Dennis Quaid and had to have it when I saw he was in a baseball movie!
Do you know of any other family-friendly baseball movies I need to pick up to continue my brainwashing sessions with P?
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