It's The Sandlot Week here on StLSportsPage.com. Today's entry is an interview with The Sandlot Director and Writer, David Mickey Evans.
Rob Rains got together with Evans at the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis and Evans shared memories of the movie on it's 20th Anniversary.
Director of "The Sandlot" David Mickey Evans with Rob Rains
David Mickey Evans and Patrick Renna, the actor who played Hamilton Porter ("The Great Hambino" and originated the line "You're killing me Smalls!" are on a junket meeting fans and doing charity work along the way.
StLSportsPage.com's Rob Rains got to sit down for a private interview with both the actor and director (Renna, Rains, Evans, in the picture to the left) at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown St. Louis. (See video above)
To see the video interview with Peter Renna ("Ham Porter") click here.
While in St. Louis, they participated in a baseball game with special needs children and helped dedicate a baseball field. Cardinals Care, FOX Sports Midwest and 20th Century FOX Home Entertainment dedicated a ball field for TASK, an organization for disabled children Thursday in Fenton, Mo. The dedication was made possible by a $50,000 investment made in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the popular film. To see video from the event with Evans and Renna speaking and playing baseball with the kids, click here.
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Next Stop on The Sandlot Tour: Auto Zone Park in Memphis Tennessee, home of the Memphis Redbirds
Evans and Renna will continue on The Sandlot tour and next stop is Memphis, TN, home of the Memphis Redbirds, minor league team for the St. Louis Cardinals.Redbirds infielders Kolten Wong & Greg Garcia are excited about The Sandlot event which will be tomorrow night (Saturday) at Auto Zone Park in Memphis and posed for pictures in their new tee shirts (shown left, photo courtesy Memphis Redbirds)
Press Release from Memphis Redbirds about The Sandlot special event:
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - AutoZone Park presents the screening of The Sandlot on Saturday, June 15 at 6:00 p.m. David Mickey Evans, the writer, director, voice of the film The Sandlot will introduce his film, recounting for the audience where the idea for the story came from, and host a Sandlot Trivia contest for a chance to win a pair of original PF Flyer sneakers.
Individual tickets for the event are $7.00 in advance ($10.00 when purchased on day of screening) or $20.00 for a Family Four Pack. Seats are available in the seating bowl on the third base side and on the field. Guests are strongly encouraged to bring a blanket when sitting on the field (no chairs are permitted). The screening is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.
Fans will have a chance to meet the writer/director before and after the screening, where he will be signing posters, DVD's, baseballs and photos with a portion of all proceeds donated to charity. A dog look-alike of "The Beast" will also be available for a meet-and-greet session and photos before the screening begins.
The Sandlot is entertaining its second generation of fans -- the sons and daughters of all the film's original fans, who are now moms and dads. It has some of the most often quoted dialogue in motion picture history, including the classic lines, "You're killin' me, Smalls!" and the unforgettable, "Heroes get remembered, but Legends never die."
The screening is a once in a lifetime opportunity for families, baseball and movie lovers of all ages to watch the "The #1 Baseball Movie of All Time," and "The #1 Summer Movie of All Time," outdoors, under the stars, just the way it was meant to be seen.
"It has always been a dream of mine to screen The Sandlot in great baseball stadiums. I am thrilled to bring the film to AutoZone Park, smack in the middle of America where the film has always had its most enthusiastic fans," said David Mickey Evans writer/director/voice of The Sandlot.
Tickets are available for purchase through the Redbirds ticket office at AutoZone Park, by calling (901) 721-6000, or online at www.memphisredbirds.com.
About Memphis Redbirds Baseball Foundation: The Memphis Redbirds Baseball Foundation is the first and only not-for-profit charitable organization in the United States to own and operate a professional baseball franchise, the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds. AutoZone Park - the finest ballpark ever built in the United States below the Major League level - is the home of the Redbirds and has served as the cornerstone of development in downtown Memphis. Incorporating the Memphis Redbirds as not-for-profit entity allows the community to own the team and facility. For the first time in history, Mid-South residents, corporate leaders and baseball fans are able to give back to the community - and at the same time enjoy first class entertainment - by supporting Memphis Redbirds Baseball.
About Global Spectrum: Global Spectrum (global-spectrum.com) manages the Memphis Redbirds, as well as more than 100 other public assembly facilities around the world. Nearly 20-million people attended more than 11,000 events in Global Spectrum venues last year. Based in Philadelphia, PA, Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world's largest sports and entertainment companies. Comcast-Spectacor also owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider, New Era Tickets, a full-service ticketing and marketing product for public assembly facilities, Paciolan, the leading provider of venue establishment ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions, Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company, and Flyers Skate Zone, a series of community ice skating rinks.