LOS ANGELES - The first doubleheader-a Dodger game and a movie-was such a success, the Dodgers will treat their fans to a second baseball-themed movie on Sunday, Sept. 1 as the San Diego Padres visit Dodger Stadium for a 1:10 p.m. game. Following the game, the Dodgers will screen the classic baseball film, "The Sandlot," which is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
As part of the 20th anniversary celebration, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will be donating $25,000 to the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation to refurbish its 29th Dodger Dreamfield in 2013.
"Our fans thoroughly enjoyed the first movie screening ever at Dodger Stadium of "42", said Dodgers' President Stan Kasten. "What better way to follow this, but with the showing of one of the finest baseball movies ever in "The Sandlot."
"The Sandlot is one of those cinematic gems whose classic lines and iconic characters continue to resonate with and inspire fans young and old," said Mary Daily, president and chief marketing officer of worldwide marketing, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. "This summer we've traveled the country in partnership with Major League ballparks to help restore sandlots in their communities and we're excited to cement this beloved film's 20th anniversary with our hometown team the Los Angeles Dodgers."
Considered one of the finest baseball movies of all-time, "The Sandlot," directed, narrated and co-written by David Mickey Evans, was characterized as "a charming and whimsical comedy about boys and baseball and a GREAT BIG DOG" by Siskel & Ebert. Some of the stars featured in the movie include James Earl Jones, Denis Leary and Karen Allen. "The Sandlot" is currently available in a 20th Anniversary Edition n Blu-ray/DVD combo pack from Twentieth Century FOX Home Entertainment.
Evans, producer Cathleen Summers and cast Patrick Renna "Ham", Chauncey Leopardi "Squints", Marty York "Yeah-Yeah", Grant Gelt "Bertram", Victor DiMattia "Timmy", Shane Obedinksi "Tommy" and Daniel Zacapa "Police Chief" will be on hand on Sept. 1 for the game and the movie screening. There will be a Q & A session on the field with David Mickey Evans and cast prior to the screening. A ticket to the Dodgers-Padres game includes the screening of the movie "The Sandlot" following the conclusion of the game. The movie "The Sandlot" is rated PG.
Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.dodgers.com/tickets or by calling 866-DODGERS.
For further information, visit www.Dodgers.com/thesandlot.
The Dodgers Dreamfields program is one of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation's cornerstone programs and its goal is to refurbish baseball fields in lower income communities so that youngsters can learn the game of baseball in a clean, safe and organized environment while learning the importance of playing team sports and key characteristics like sportsmanship, ethics and fair play. The investment in these new Dreamfields varies depending on each location's need, but typically include: upgrades to the backstops, the addition of roofs over the dugouts, bench upgrades, irrigation improvements, re-grading to insure smooth and consistent playing surfaces, renovation of field turf or, where necessary, installation of new sod and a new scoreboard. The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation has three (3) additional dedications planned for 2013 with a long term goal of completing 50 Dreamfields.
*cast appearances subject to availability
**Due to the movie screening, the Dodgers will not have Kids Run the Bases following the game.