Dodger Fans Enjoy ‘Sandlot’ Screening1 Sep, 2013 By: Chris Tribbey
LOS ANGELES — This was one instance where the cheap seats were the best in the house.
Fans who sat in the outfield pavilion section for the Sept. 1 San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers game were invited onto the outfield grass afterward for a special screening of The Sandlot.
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment released a 20th anniversary Blu-ray Disc combo pack of the film earlier this year, and the Dodgers screening was the second-to-last this summer that saw the studio show the film at more than 20 baseball stadiums in the nation.
“It’s been successful beyond our wildest dreams,” Dave Shaw, SVP of marketing for 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, said of the tour and the Blu-ray release. “Seeing a baseball movie at this stadium — a place of baseball royalty — is very special. And this remains one of our evergreen properties.”
The Sandlot director David Evans looked like a kid in a candy store before the game, wandering the field and chatting with the likes of Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.
“I’m out of my skull ecstatic,” Evans said. “This is like going to church for me and the cast, and we bleed Dodger blue.”
Evans said he’s driven more than 34,000 miles this year during The Sandlot stadium tour … and he would drive another 34,000 if he were asked.
“Everywhere we’ve gone it’s been a Sandlot love-fest,” he said.
The pavilion seating area was filled with more families than usual for a Sunday game. A few parents mentioned that their kids had not seen the film before.
“It’s kind of like The Goonies meets Field of Dreams,” said actor Chauncey Leopardi (Michael “Squints” Palledorous). “It’s an amazing film and this is an amazing experience. Anyone from 70 to 5 years old can enjoy this film.”
Before the game, Fox and cast members from The Sandlot were recognized by the Dodgers organization for the studio’s $25,000 contribution to the Dodger Dreamfields program, which refurbishes baseball fields in lower income communities.