All-Star Baseball Videos
Review round-up of onscreen diamond action
by Shannon Maughan
for Real Families, Real Fun
s the boys and girls of summer take their places on Little League fields, families everywhere are loading the car with gloves, bats, and hats. To celebrate the great American pastime, here are several baseball videos that are sure to be a hit for the whole family. So put on your favorite team cap, grab some authentic snacks (hotdogs, popcorn, peanuts, and Cracker Jacks) and sit back and watch. You won't have to worry about the sun in your eyes!
The videos reminded some of RFRF's panel families of past baseball outings, and inspired some new ideas. "We go to at least 3 Cincinnati Reds games a year," said Betsy Bissmeyer. "The whole experience is terrific! On Sunday afternoons after the game, they let the kids go on the field and run the bases -- this is a thrill, especially for our son (and my husband, quite honestly)."
The Sypniewskis are among those who may soon try something new. "We're thinking of heading to the batting cages," said mom Tricia.
The Sandlot (Twentieth Century Fox, 1993, PG, ages 7-up)
In 1963, a group of neighborhood boys bond over their common love for baseball -- and fear of the ferocious dog that eats any ball that goes over its master's fence. When a new kid arrives on the block, things are shaken up, but eventually friendship wins out in this warm, nostalgic tale.
Angels in the Outfield (Walt Disney Home Video, 1994, PG, ages 5-up)
The California Angels are having a terrible season. They're so bad that only a miracle can save them. Fortunately, one of the team's biggest -- and youngest -- fans prays for some relief. The answer to that prayer comes in the form of baseball-playing angels that only the boy can see. Kids love being in on this joke -- and watching the funny moves on the field.
Field of Dreams (Universal, PG, 1989, ages 10-up)
When Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella hears the words "Build it and they will come," he's compelled to take action. Before long he's built a top-notch baseball diamond in the middle of a cornfield. More amazing: Great players of the past, like Shoeless Joe Jackson, show up for some fantastic all-star games. And best of all, Ray discovers a new connection to his father. This warm film about baseball, family and the power of dreams is appropriate for the whole family, but adults and older kids (10-up), will probably appreciate it most. The PG rating is largely for several curse words uttered in the film.
Rookie of the Year (20th Century Fox, 1993, PG, ages 6-up)
Henry loves playing baseball, but he's pretty much the worst player in his local Little League. When he breaks his arm he's sure that his baseball playing days are numbered. But then something bizarre happens to change the whole picture. Henry's arm has healed in a way that has given him super strength -- and he becomes an ace pitcher! He can hurl the ball so fast that he's soon recruited as the hottest player for the Chicago Cubs!
TAKE IT FROM ME:
The Sypniewskis' rules for attending a professional baseball game with small children in tow:
- If we make it to the fifth inning -- that's success. Be prepared to leave quickly. You can find out the final score on the evening news.
- Be prepared to buy one of everything that walks by -- ice cream, pretzels, soft drinks. These little treats make the experience happier.
- Buy a program and let the kids keep track of the game.
- Try to choose a game where they give out a freebie.
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