In the sports world, there’s a lot of analysis. From looking back at the tape, learning from what you did good that game and how you could get better, including improving a swing or pitch on the baseball diamond, there’s an opportunity for your baseball or softball student-athlete to get their play at the plate analyzed, as well.
MLB Network has a “#SandlottotheShow” segment where MLB.com states:
“Want to work on that swing? Perfect that windup? Be a better player? Let MLB Network’s broadcasters take a look at your skills! Have your parent or guardian post your videos weekly on Instagram or Twitter with #SandlotToTheShow and tag @MLBNetwork. Your video could be broken down by our experts.”MLB.com
Here’s Carlos Pena breaking down some swings:
Here’s Pedro Martinez breaking down pitches:
Here’s Bill Ripken and Sean Casey giving their advice and tips:
Of course, the sandlot is known as a make-shift set up baseball diamond no matter where in the world you are. To make a baseball field out of nothing. To play for the love of the game.
You also may know the term ‘sandlot’ from that classic movie.
‘Sandlot’ was released in 1993 (per Common Sense Media).
Recently, Patrick Renna, who played a character in the film, posted this:
According to Good Morning America’s Carson Blackwelder, “Renna…recreated a scene from the beloved 1993 film with his son, Flynn…Fans of ‘The Sandlot’ will remember the scene when Smalls (Tom Guiry) attempts to plays catch with his dad and he doesn’t keep his eye on the ball. After getting hit in the face, his dad slaps a steak on his face, telling his son it won’t keep him from getting a black eye but will keep the swelling down.”
If you like baseball, you’ll also like these movies.
‘The Rookie’ and ’42’.
PluggedIn lists some baseball movies, including ‘The Rookie’. PluggedIn‘s Erin Ritter and Bob Smithouser describe the film as this: “(b)ased on a true story, The Rookie is a heartwarming, inspirational drama that is as much about family as it is about baseball.
PluggedIn’s Adam R. Holz describes the incredible movie, ’42’, chronicling the life of Jackie Robinson, as this: “42 is drenched in inspiration, in part because it doesn’t shy away from realistically depicting the kind of resistance Robinson and (Branch) Rickey were up against…these two men’s faith and fortitude forged a path for others to follow, forever ending segregation in baseball and challenging racism in the culture at large along the way.”
Charlie Lapastora is a sports/news multimedia journalist who’s reported, written, produced, anchored, shot video/edited on different NBC, ABC, and FOX shows in multiple TV markets, along with digital & new media companies. Charlie has traveled the country telling national sports, news, feature, and original stories on a cable news network, airing on top 10 TV markets, satellite radio, and digital platforms. He is passionate about his faith, family—being a husband to whom he calls the G.O.A.T. of women—about reppin’ his home state of Michigan and Detroit teams (yes, including the Lions), good coffee, and loves how sports brings people together. He’s traveled the world leading and coaching sports camps and has also worked at the Detroit Pistons and LA Clippers’ NBA teams.
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