Movie Millisecond: the Sandlot


The Sandlot (David M. Evans, 1993).

Since you won’t stop asking*, here are the rules for the Sandlot drinking game.

  • Take a drink whenever the narrator says, “Pickle.”
  • Take a drink every time Ham says “You’re killing me, Smalls.”
  • Take a drink any time the boys speak in unison.
  • Take a drink whenever Squints and Wendy Peffercorn look at each other.
  • Take a drink whenever Tommy Timmons echoes Timmy.
  • Take a drink whenever Babe Ruth is mentioned, by name or by nickname.
  • Take a drink any time someone spits.

  • Wendy Peffercorn will take you down to Cougar Town.

    I’m not even going to bother listing some of the others we’ve come up with over the years. There is even a version I designed where you pick a character and have character-specific instructions (e.g., drink on “Yeah-yeah,” or, for beginners, drink whenever Bertram actually has a line). But really, I can’t in good conscience even keep going. Those rules are sufficient. Drink lots of water out there, dudes.

    Conversely, I also have a long explanation of why this is an excellent model for Christian values and highly suited for use in a parochial school classroom. I’m a complex mirror maze of a woman. Not a “hot mess.” Complex mirror maze.



    *completely untrue. it has never come up.

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    4 Responses to “Movie Millisecond: the Sandlot”

    1. Brian in Wien Says:

      E, your writing is a bright star over the vast internet wasteland. The news these days is such a downer. Bad things happen within and without – “Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed.”

      But “we must cultivate our garden,” and hold back entropy a little while longer.

      What I’m trying to say is that I miss your writing.

      • E. Says:

        I’ve been swamped with obligations, but I’m happy to say that I’ve finally got some things in the works because this beautifully damaged brain of mine never turns off!

    2. Bruno Gridley Says:

      I miss your blog very much.

    3. new reader Says:

      Take a drink whenever the narrator says that this was the (insert superlative) thing (insert pronoun) had ever done.

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